Loyola University Maryland

Department of Pastoral Counseling


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The Pastoral Counseling Department offers five degree programs, each with a unique purpose and professional goal. These programs offer a complete range of graduate degree tracks which serve a variety of professional credentialing goals as well as ongoing formative learning.

  • Master of Arts in  Spiritual and Pastoral Care
    The Master of Arts in Spiritual and Pastoral Care consists of 45 credits and focuses on contemporary ministry and pastoral conversation. Students pursue tracks in ministry, chaplaincy, faith and social justice, and spiritual direction.
  • Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling
    The Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling is CACREP-accredited under the clinical mental health counseling standards. It offers a professional, clinically intensive counseling program that leads to state licensure. It is completed in 66 credits with an 800-credit-hour internship, of which 280 hours are direct client contact.
  • Master of Science / Doctor of Philosophy in Pastoral Counseling
    The combined Master of Science/Doctor of Philosophy Pastoral Counseling option includes the M.S. licensure degree with the CACREP-accredited doctoral program.
  • Doctor of Philosopy in Pastoral Counseling
    The Doctor of Philosophy in Pastoral Counseling is the only CACREP-accredited counselor education and supervision program that is specifically designed to study, in theory and practice, the integration of spirituality and the social sciences.
  • Certificate of Advanced Study in Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Care
    The Certificate of Advanced Study in Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Care is comprised of 30 post-master’s credits in counseling and is specifically geared toward those seeking licensure or to enrich their educational repertoire.

Find additional information about class schedules, course materials, and enrollment information using the “Search for Sections” feature on Loyola’s WebAdvisor page.



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