Loyola University Maryland

Department of Pastoral Counseling

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M.S./Ph.D. Program

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Professor teaching studentsWhat Is It?

The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Couneling combined with a Ph.D. was developed to address the needs of highly competent candidates who are seeking the opportunity to pursue the Ph.D. without having first obtained a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Students interested in the combined program should familiarize themselves with both the master of science program and the doctorate of philosophy program. Students are able to complete the master's program and complete all state licensure requirements as they begin Ph.D. course work.

Loyola’s Ph.D. program in pastoral counseling is the only CACREP-approved counselor education and supervision program specifically designed to study the integration of spiritual, ethical, and religious values into counseling.

How Long Does it Take?

The combined M.S./Ph.D. accelerated program may be completed in five to six years by highly motivated candidates willing to commit to a full-time education and clinical training experience, including summers. Others may wish to take longer than five to six years to complete the full M.S./Ph.D. program.

To learn more about the combined M.S./Ph.D., please review the typical course of study.

Is This Program Accredited?

The MS program is accredited through the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) under the 2009 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Standards (CMHC). The MS program received its most recent accreditation renewal in 2015.

Loyola’s Ph.D. program in Counselor Education and Supervision is the only CACREP-approved counselor education and supervision program specifically designed to study the integration of spiritual, ethical, and religious values into counseling.

How Many Credits are Required?

66 credits for the M.S. program and 65 credits for the Ph.D. program. Browse the financial aid website for University tuition and fees.

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