Loyola University Maryland

Department of Pastoral Counseling

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What is pastoral counseling and spiritual care?

Loyola University Maryland’s master's and doctoral programs in pastoral counseling and spiritual care foster the formation of professional practitioners who are uniquely equipped to facilitate the healing of the whole person—mind, body, and spirit—through the integration of spirituality and psychology.

Whether students are called to the department's diverse tracks in pastoral care, or to its one-of-a-kind professional counseling programs that graduate licensed counselors, researchers, supervisors, and trauma specialists, they join a program that has earned a global reputation as being unique, innovative, and academically stimulating.

Which graduate degree is right for me?

Though the paths—pastoral counseling (M.S., M.S./Ph.D., Ph.D.) and spiritual care (M.A.)—share a fundamental foundation of spirituality, they take their travelers on separate routes. And though the method of travel is the same—human conversations on spiritual matters—the destination for the traveler and their companions will differ.

Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs