Loyola University Maryland

Department of Pastoral Counseling



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AdvisingWhile one role of academic advising concerns the selection of courses, the pastoral counseling and spiritual care programs aim to provide a relationship between student and advisor that focuses on success in the program, professional development, and intellectual growth as you journey with us.

Master of science and master of art students are assigned a group academic adviser who assists students with academic planning while matriculated in individual pastoral counseling programs. Ph.D. students and M.S./Ph.D. students are assigned a faculty mentor when they are accepted into the program. Read more information concerning the student-mentor relationship for Ph.D. students and M.S./Ph.D. students.

Student needs are diverse across all of our academic programs and we realize that you may have concerns about your progression through the program, your ability for success in certain academic areas of concern, and the critical balance of life, work, and school. As you proceed through your program of study, it is recommended that you proactively ask your advisor questions, express your concerns, and alert your advisor when any concerning issue arises that may affect your academic standing.

Students are asked to explore the links below for specific information related to their degree program and to find the required electronic forms for academic advising.

Student Responsibilities

The expectation is that students meet with their advisors to secure information or advice about which courses best meet their needs, to determine when they are ready to begin or continue the clinical portion of a program, to plan their courses of study, to resolve academic problems, and to select or register for their courses.  It is recommended you meet with your advisor at least one time each semester.  If you are uncertain of your advisor, please call 410-617-7620.  If you have general questions about your academic program, please contact the program director.

Director of the MA in Spiritual and Pastoral Care:  Dr. Thomas Rodgerson (trodgerson@loyola.edu)
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Director of the MS in Pastoral Counseling:  Dr. Lawrence LeNoir (llenoir@loyola.edu)
Director of the PhD in Pastoral Counseling:  Dr. Joseph Stewart-Sicking (jastewartsicking@loyola.edu)
Director of the CAS Program:  Dr. Gina Magyar-Russell (gmmagyarrussell@loyola.edu)

Students are responsible for:

  • Completing and maintaining a current electronic copy of their Academic Planning Guide on file with their academic advisor (academic advising forms);
  • Keeping track of all courses taken and grades received, including knowledge about required grades (e.g. A 3.00 average must be maintained every semester);
  • Completing all paperwork and/or electronic forms for registration, course drop/add, and graduation;
  • Keeping the clinical director aware of any and all problems, changes, or aberrations in the clinical portion of the student’s program;
  • Coordinating their schedules to meet with their academic advisor at designated times and throughout their academic program; and 
  • An awareness of departmental policies as outlined in the pastoral counseling student handbook and University policies as outlined in the graduate catalogue.

When concerns about academic performance or professional development arise, students will be contacted by and will meet with their academic advisor. The purpose of the meeting will be to dialogue with the student about the issue or perceived concern. Through the time together, the academic advisor and the student will develop a strategy that will successfully and adequately address the concern.

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