Loyola University Maryland

Department of Pastoral Counseling



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The master of science program is accredited by the American Counseling Association's accrediting arm CACREP (Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) under the clinical mental health counseling standards and the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC). AAPC accreditation allows students and graduates of the program to be eligible for membership in AAPC.  

The master of science program has been accredited by CACREP since 1989, which entitles M.S. students to apply and sit for the National Counselor Examination (NCE) once they have met all eligibility requirements. 

In January of 2008, CACREP first accredited the doctoral program in pastoral counseling as a Counselor Education and Supervision Program. This accreditation represents the culmination of the department’s work, which began in 2005, to enhance the program and meet CACREP standards.

In 2015, the Pastoral Counseling Department conducted a Stakeholder Survey of alumni, students, faculty, site supervisors, and employers of our graduates. The results were overwhelmingly positive. For more information, view the executive summary.

Did You Know?

Graduates of the pastoral counseling program have scored in the 98th percentile for the National Counseling Exam for the past 20 years.

Making Meaning: A peek into the lives of current pastoral counseling students