Loyola University Maryland

Department of Pastoral Counseling

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

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Select from the list below to access the application requirements for each program:

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester: April 1
Spring Semester: November 1
Summer Sessions: April 1

*At the discretion of the department, applications will continue to be reviewed after the application deadline on a space-available basis.

International Students Application Deadlines

International students may only be enrolled in full-time degree programs. In order to maintain a full-time status, students may be required to travel between Loyola's three campuses in Baltimore, Timonium, and Columbia.  Public transportation is not available.  International students must submit a complete application for admission (including all supplemental documentation) by the deadlines shown below.  The Certificate of Advanced Study program is not available for international students.

Fall Semester: January 1
Spring Semester: August 1

Pastoral Counseling (Ph.D./M.S.-Ph.D.)

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that a completed application and all supplemental materials are received by the application deadline. Supplemental materials, once received, become the property of Loyola University Maryland and cannot be returned.

  • Application form.
  • Nonrefundable $60 application fee.
  • Essay/personal statement (essay prompts can be found on the My Account Page).
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. This includes transcripts from part-time study, study abroad, coursework taken in high school, and from institutions that have awarded the applicant a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree or an advanced certificate. Admitted students who fail to submit a final degree-posted transcript will not be permitted to register.
     
    Applicants who hold degrees or have earned credits from non-U.S. institutions (excluding study abroad programs) must have a course-by-course evaluation and translation of their academic records done by a NACES approved evaluation services agency before they can be considered for admission to a degree program. The evaluation must establish that the applicant has earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.  Loyola recommends the WES:ICAP from World Education Services, Inc. (www.wes.org).
     
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test scores. Report must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service. Scores must be from tests administered within five years of the application deadline. Loyola's institution code is 5370.
  • Two letters of recommendation (major professor or clinical supervisor and faith community leader).
  • Resume and/or full curriculum vita detailing personal competency and leadership potential.
  • TOEFL score report. The TOEFL examination is required only if English is not the applicant's native language or if the applicant has not completed a degree program taught in English. TOEFL scores must be from tests administered within two years of the application deadline. Official scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service. Loyola's institution code is 5370.
  • International Student Supplemental Form (required only if a student visa is needed)

An interview is required of all applicants. An online, video interview is permitted for international students and those who live more than two hours from campus.

Ph.D. candidates applying for advanced standing must also submit:

  • All graduate course syllabi from counseling courses, as requested.
  • All clinical evaluations from practicums, internships, etc., as requested

Supplemental application documents should be submitted directly to:

Loyola University Maryland
Graduate Admission Processing Center
P.O. Box 1447
Beltsville, MD 20704
 
Or emailed to graddocs@loyola.edu

Questions about the application or admission process may be directed to the Office of Graduate Admission at (410) 617-5020 or via email at graduate@loyola.edu.

Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Care (M.A./M.S./C.A.S.)

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that a completed application and all supplemental materials are received by the application deadline. Supplemental materials, once received, become the property of Loyola University Maryland and cannot be returned.

  • Application form.
  • Nonrefundable $60 application fee.
  • Essay/personal statement (essay prompts can be found on the My Account Page).
  • Official transcripts from all postsecondary colleges or universities attended. This includes transcripts from part-time study and from institutions that have awarded the applicant a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree or an advanced certificate. Students who fail to submit the final degree-posted transcript will not be permitted to register.
     
    Applicants who hold degrees or have earned credits from non-U.S. institutions (excluding study abroad programs) must have a course-by-course evaluation and translation of their academic records done by an approved evaluation services agency before they can be considered for admission to a degree program. Loyola recommends World Education Services, Inc. (www.wes.org).
     
  • Two professional/academic letters of recommendation.
  • Resume and/or full curriculum vita detailing personal competency and leadership potential.
  • TOEFL score report. The TOEFL examination is required only if English is not the applicant's native language or if the applicant has not completed a degree program taught in English. TOEFL scores must be from tests administered within two years of the application deadline. Official scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service. Loyola's institution code is 5370.
  • International Student Supplemental Forms (required only if a student visa is needed)

An interview is required of all applicants. An online, video interview is permitted for international students and those who live more than two hours from campus.

Supplemental application documents should be submitted directly to:

Loyola University Maryland
Graduate Admission Processing Center
P.O. Box 1447
Beltsville, MD 20704
 
Or emailed to graddocs@loyola.edu

Questions about the application or admission process may be directed to the Office of Graduate Admission at (410) 617-5020 or via email at graduate@loyola.edu.

Additional Application Information

It is the policy of departmental admission committees to give promising applicants the opportunity to undertake graduate work. A careful examination of an applicant's academic and professional qualifications precedes every admission decision. The committees look for previous academic achievement by considering an applicant's undergraduate and graduate records. Work experience is assessed through the presentation of a resume or vitae and professional references.

Applicants accepted for graduate study will be advised in writing. At the time of admission, Individuals will be informed of any courses for which they have qualified for advanced standing and/or additional courses or prerequisites requiring completion before commencing their graduate studies. A program advisor who assists in planning a program of study will be assigned, and students are responsible for discussing any special needs they may have with their advisor.

Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs