You need to put together the best possible application, including a statement of purpose, on the basis of your training so far and any advice you may obtain from other professors, etc. A graduate program director is not in a position to anticipate the participants, process, terms, or outcomes of the admissions process. If you feel that you might work well with an individual faculty member, you are encouraged to contact them and discuss your options and opportunities. But this in itself would not guarantee acceptance. That is determined by rigorous process of selection which involves the whole department. In the end, the process is a "blind" one, as is the case in many professional areas, to insure fairness, etc.
This Blog is a collection of messages we have sent in response to inquiries on a number of issues, as well as selections from announcements and other resources. It constitutes a FAQ page for many elements of the Graduate Program in History at Loyola University Chicago. If you have any questions, first carefully consult the web site for the program. Then, look and search these posts (via site search and labels). If you still have questions about details, first contact the Graduate Program Secretary, Lillian Hardison (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you have particular questions about the Public History program, contact Professor Ted Karamanski (email@example.com). All best!