Loyola University Maryland

Department of Psychology

Prospective Students

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As an undergraduate psychology major, students explore all facets of the field. Since many careers in psychology require graduate study, the psychology department stresses the breadth and depth of the field to equip you with a good foundation for graduate study as well as for immediate entrance into a variety of related fields.

After graduation, approximately 40 percent of psychology majors pursue employment in a variety of areas, such as personnel, social services, law enforcement, and marketing, to name a few. Many continue in Loyola’s graduate programs at the master’s and doctoral levels, while others seek specialized training in other fields, such as medicine and law. About 60 percent of psychology majors seek graduate training, either immediately after graduation or after a period of working in the field.


The M.S., or master's of science, degree is available in clinical or counseling psychology. Our master's programs focus on the scientific study of individual and collective behavior, the physical and environmental bases of behavior, and the analysis and treatment of behavior problems and disorders.

This degree provides individuals with a background in the development and application of psychological theories, basic scientific methods, and principles of psychological science. The master's programs provides pre-doctoral training and builds practitioner-oriented competencies.


The Psy.D., or doctor of psychology, degree is a professional doctorate in clinical psychology. Previously, those interested in psychology could only obtain a Ph.D., or doctor of philosophy, degree, which is primarily a research degree. The Psy.D. program at Loyola University Maryland is a highly intensive, practitioner-based program, giving graduates the means to function in a variety of professional roles.