Loyola University Maryland


Masters (M.S.) in Clinical Professional Counseling

The M.S. in Clinical Professional Counseling (CPC) is designed for individuals interested in becoming master’s level mental health practitioners. Students graduating from this program will have completed all the necessary coursework to become Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors (LCPC or Professional Counselor) in the state of Maryland, and will also fulfill educational requirements for licensure in other states.

To prepare students, the program features a full-time, structured sequence of 60 credits and 600 hours of supervised field experience, completed over two years and four months. In-house practicum training is located at the Loyola Clinical Centers, a community-based interdisciplinary training clinic, while externship training is completed through Loyola’s large and diverse network of externship sites allowing students to tailor their training and experience to their clinical interests.

Graduates of the CPC program typically go on to obtain necessary post-graduate clinical supervision hours as Licensed Graduate Professional Counselors (LGPC) in Maryland then work as LCPCs in both public and private settings such as hospitals, clinics, and private practice. However, some graduates choose to go on for doctoral training (e.g., Psy.D. or Ph.D.) or continue to work under the supervision of a psychologist in Maryland (as a Psychological Associate) or other state. 

For questions or inquiries about the program email graduate@loyola.edu or call 410-617-5020. Students interested in applying to this program are encouraged to begin the application early to ensure all materials and transcripts are received on time.

All accepted applicants must complete and pass a background check prior to enrollment.

Program Director

Christopher I. Higginson, Ph.D. 

Director of Program Operations

Traci Martino, M.S.