Loyola University Maryland

Department of Pastoral Counseling

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As human beings we seek meaning and purpose in life in all its complexities. We also seek support and care in times of psychological, physical, emotional, and spiritual challenge and struggle.

Whether in the context of mental health counseling or pastoral and spiritual care, we grow through interactions that address core questions and explore the richness of the human person.

The pastoral counseling department at Loyola University Maryland is a pioneering leader in research and the preparation of clinical mental health counselors and pastoral care givers for whom spiritual understanding is an integral part of their lives and work. Our graduate programs integrate the pastoral/spiritual, clinical, and scientific dimensions to prepare counselors and care givers for leadership in their chosen careers.

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M.S. in Pastoral Counseling (Clinical Mental Health Counseling)

  • CACREP-accredited in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • AAPC-approved
  • Leads to state licensure
  • 66-credit program with 800-hour internship
  • Internship includes 280 hours of direct client contact
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M.A. in Spiritual and Pastoral Care

  • Prepares leaders for religious, health care, correctional, and social change-focused institutions
  • AAPC-approved
  • 45-credit program
  • Offers tracks in ministry, chaplaincy, faith and social justice, and spiritual direction

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Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling (Counselor Education and Supervision)

  • The only CACREP-accredited counselor education and supervision program specifically designed to study the integration of spirituality and the social sciences
  • AAPC-approved
  • Pioneering research history in the field
  • Competitive fellowships available
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Certificate of Advanced Study

  • 30 post-master’s credits for licensure
  • Enriches pastoral counselors’ educational repertoire

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Making Meaning: A peek into the lives of current pastoral counseling students
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
American Association of Pastoral Counselors: Professionally Integrating Psychotherapy and Spirituality
American Counseling Association: Your Passion, Your Profession. Our Purpose