Master's in Clinical Professional Psychology
Current Loyola Majors who are interested in becoming master’s level mental health practitioners are encouraged to apply to Loyola’s Master's in Clinical Professional Counseling (CPC) program. Students graduating from this program will have completed all the necessary coursework to become Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors in the state of Maryland, and will also fulfill the educational requirements for licensure in other states.
Loyola undergraduates who have a GPA of 3.5 or better can apply to this program with the following advantages:
- Waiver of Application Fee.
- Waiver of GRE requirement.
- Early Action: Loyola undergraduates can apply to the CPC program immediately following the Spring Semester of their junior year. This allows our students to know early (fall of senior year) if they are admitted to Loyola’s CPC program. Accepted students can secure a space to begin the CPC program after they complete all undergraduate degree requirements, in the fall after they graduate.
Read more about the Loyola’s Master's in Clinical Professional Counseling (CPC) program.
The Accelerated B.A./M.S. Program in Clinical Psychology (Thesis Track)
Current Loyola Majors who have a GPA of 3.500 or better (both Overall and Major) are eligible to apply for the department's accelerated B.A.-M.S. Program in Clinical Psychology, Thesis track. The thesis track program is designed for students who have the goal of applying to a Ph.D. program in psychology or working at the Master's level in a research setting.
The Accelerated B.A./M.S. Program enables students to take graduate courses during their senior year that count toward both the bachelor's and master's degrees. Students accepted into the accelerated program take the following graduate courses during their senior year, in addition to the necessary undergraduate courses:
PY620 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy (3 credits)
PY746 Research Methods in Psychology I (3 credits)
PY761 Thesis Guidance I (0 credit)
PY621 Principles and Practices in Psychotherapy with Lab (3 credits)
PY747 Research Methods in Psychology II (3 credits)
PY762 Thesis Guidance II (1 credit)
Students enrolled in the Accelerated Program may count PY746 and PY747 as fulfilling Group I requirements; PY621 and PY620 as fulfilling the PY elective requirements.
In addition to the GPA requirement, applicants to the Accelerated Program are required to have successfully completed PY101 Introductory Psychology, PY202 Psychopathology, and either: PY291/292 Research Methods, PY414 Advanced Statistics with Computer Applications, or PY413 Tests and Measurements prior to applying to the BA/MS Program.
Candidates are selected based on GPA, letters of reference, GRE scores, and participation in departmental and college activities, such as conducting research or holding an office in Psi Chi, relevant clinical experience such as volunteer work or externship experience, and an interview conducted by a member of the Master’s Program Committee. Applications may be obtained from the Loyola website (http://www.loyola.edu/academic/psychology/admission/apply.aspx).
Applicants should use the standard MS application and notify the Director of Program Operations once it has been submitted. Applications must be completed by February 1 of the student's junior year. Questions should be addressed to the Director of Master’s Education, Thesis Track, Dr. Martin Sherman.
Things to Think About:
Students who are considering the Accelerated Program should plan ahead to make sure they meet admissions requirements. Talk with your advisor (ideally prior to the start of your junior year) about how to plan course selections and other activities so that you can be competitive candidates to these programs.
Applications to the Accelerated Program are due February 1st in your junior year. If you plan to apply, please make sure you have completed the following:
- Solicit three letters of recommendation, at least two of which will need to be from faculty members of the Psychology Department.
- Plan to study for and/or take the GRE in time to have the scores submitted by the fall semester following the completion of the undergraduate degree (students are accepted into the accelerated program provisionally and are expected to take the GREs prior to the start of their first full-time graduate semester.
- Complete PY101, PY202, and one of the following: PY291/292, PY414, or PY413 (taking more than just one of these three is encouraged as is taking PY414 in their junior or senior year).
- Talk to your advisor about how to prepare for the interview by a member of the Master's Committee that is a required part of the admission process.
- Have some research experience prior to applying to this program (e.g., volunteering to assist a faculty member with an ongoing research project).
- Plan your course schedules so that all required courses are completed and there is room during the senior year graduate courses that will count for two Group I courses and two psychology electives. Interdisciplinary majors are especially encouraged to give careful thought in their planning due to the many requirements they have for degree completion.
- Become actively involved in the psychology field in some way, such as through involvement in Psi Chi, Psychology Club, Active Minds, or other relevant organizations.
- Contact the Directors of Master's Education Thesis Track (Dr. Sherman) for more information.