Graduate Programs

Loyola College of Arts and Sciences offers regionally and nationally renowned programs at the graduate level in computer science, liberal studies, psychology, pastoral counseling, and speech-language pathology. Developed and taught by leading scholars and practitioners in their respective fields, these programs prepare students to engage in lifelong learning from the best of current scholarship, to become highly qualified leaders in their professions, and thus to transform the people and communities they serve. A sense of higher purpose and service to the world inform the learning that takes place at Loyola College of Arts and Sciences. Graduates of these programs go on to make significant contributions to their chosen field, and more importantly, to change lives.

Computer Science and Software Engineering

Through Loyola's graduate programs in computer science and software engineering students learn how to adapt to change and become the innovators of tomorrow. Graduate students embrace change by mastering core skills - including operating systems, programming languages, object-oriented languages, data structures, algorithms, databases, and computing theory - against a backdrop of emerging technologies. Whether you're looking to retool your skills, gain new ones, or launch your technology career, Loyola's graduate programs in computer science will give you the edge you need.

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Emerging Media

The Master of Arts in Emerging Media program offers you the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to recognize trends in communication media, to develop strategies to apply new media in real-world applications, and to recognize how new communication platforms affect the way we live, act, and understand the world. 

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Liberal Studies

The Jesuit belief that a true education engages the whole person - body, mind, and spirit - inspires the Loyola liberal studies program. As a liberal studies student, you will approach learning from many different angles, examine American culture through interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary lenses, and experience every passion and challenge an intensive liberal arts graduate education offers. Programs are offered in small seminar-style evening classes, ensuring that your learning experience is flexible, collaborative, and - above all - intellectual.

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Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Care

Students who pursue a graduate degree in Pastoral Counseling or Spiritual and Pastoral Care gain the experience and insight needed to effectively guide individuals through the healing process, with compassion. Depending on the program of study, graduates are prepared to engage in a wide variety of career options and/or ministry settings - including licensed clinical practice; chaplaincy; hospice; spiritual direction; higher education teaching/administration, and social action, to name a few. The collaborative learning that happens between fellow students and faculty members has creates a true community where a shared sense of "co-pilgrimage" inspires and motivates all involved.

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Through Loyola's graduate programs in psychology students become outstanding practitioners and scholars. Engaging in coursework, clinical experience, and research, students interact with expert faculty who are deeply committed to teaching, clinical practice, research, and lifelong learning. Loyola's strong mentoring philosophy ensures that faculty advisors help students develop a professional identity while staying abreast of changes in the mental health field.

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Speech-Language Pathology

Loyola's graduate programs in speech-language pathology challenge students academically, clinically, and personally. In the post-baccalaureate foundation course sequence as well as the M.S. program, which is accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), coursework emphasizes personalized attention as students thrive in an intellectual environment - and state-of-the-art facilities. With a faculty deeply committed to student professional development, the speech-language pathology programs are highly regarded in the mid-Atlantic region, and graduates are some of the most sought-after professionals in the field.

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The Master of Theological Studies offers students the chance to deepen their understanding of theology as it relates to the past, present, and future. Students pursue a rigorous curriculum which reflects both the breadth of the Christian tradition and a variety of theological specialties including biblical studies, historical and systematic theology, ethics, comparative theology, at least one ancient language. Students learn how these different specialties relate to each other as part of an integrated theological vision. As interests are refined student will work with a faculty mentor to prepare a thesis. Loyola’s theology faculty is internationally recognized for its scholarly excellence and includes both Catholic and non-Catholic Christians. Together we nurture a collegial atmosphere which is the foundation for a community in which rigorous and lively debate and intellectual generosity flourish.

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Loyola News

Loyola News
  1. Sellinger School rises in Businessweek's "Best Undergraduate Business Schools" rankings

    Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:56:48 -0400
  2. Gordon Erberts, ’49, gives Loyola $1.5 million to support mission and ministry

    Loyola University Maryland will benefit from a $1.5 million planned gift from Gordon Erberts, ’49, to support programs and initiatives in Campus Ministry and the office of mission integration.

    Erberts, of Toluca Lake, Calif., was inspired to make the gift after reflecting on his experience at Loyola and the rigorous Jesuit education that prepared him for success.

    “Loyola did something for me, and I want to do something for them,” said Erberts. “The Jesuits are darn good teachers. They did a good job with me, and I want to pass that on to today’s young people to give them a head start on life.”

    His gift benefits multiple initiatives focused on mission and ministry, primarily through four endowed funds. Loyola will create the Erberts Campus Ministry Endowed Fund to support the programmatic needs of Campus Ministry and the Erberts Assistance Fund for Student Retreats to provide grants to students who require financial assistance to attend campus-sponsored retreats. In addition, Loyola will create the Erberts Ignatian Retreat Endowment Fund to support the Ignatian retreat program for Loyola faculty, staff, and administrators. Finally, Loyola will create the Erberts Pilgrimage Endowed Fund, which will support programs that promote the Catholic and Jesuit activities and mission of Loyola.

    The remaining dollars will be allocated equally among faculty development initiatives, student integration efforts, and related publication expenses.

    “Exceptional students from all over the world choose Loyola because of our commitment to the quality and value of a challenging Jesuit education,” said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., Loyola’s president. “Mr. Erberts recognizes that commitment, and his tremendous generosity will provide enriching opportunities for members of our community to strengthen their connections to one another and our mission to serve others.”

    Erberts was a chemistry and modern biology major at Loyola and commuted to campus from his home in Baltimore’s Ten Hills neighborhood. He began his career in flooring sales before switching to selling mutual funds. He moved to California in 1960 and continued in the mutual fund business until his retirement.

    Erberts’ gift supports Loyola’s ongoing Bright Minds, Bold Hearts comprehensive campaign to raise $100 million to grow Loyola’s endowment, scholarship funds, and faculty positions, and grow Messina, Loyola’s living learning program for first-year students.

    Read more about Gordon Erberts in Loyola magazine.

    Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:48:10 -0400
  3. Seán Bray named director of campus ministry

    After completing a two-year national search, Loyola University Maryland has selected educator and career youth and young adult minister Seán Bray to serve as director of campus ministry. Bray is currently the campus minister for social justice at Seattle University, a fellow Jesuit institution.

    “I am deeply honored and very excited to become the director of campus ministry at Loyola,” said Bray. “The Loyola community has made it easy for me to imagine myself on campus. I look forward to collaborating with the students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community partners to continue and build upon the meaningful work of campus ministry to promote spiritual engagement, build community, and form students to be men and women for others.”

    Since 2007, Bray has coordinated social justice programs, advocacy opportunities, and local service experiences at Seattle University. He supervises 23 student leaders and the faculty/staff immersion chaplains, and he oversees curriculum, budget, fundraising, staffing, and programming for immersion programs. Additionally, Bray was a campus minister for retreats at Seattle University, promoted Catholic Relief Services’ Food Fast curriculum and Fair Trade programs at the Archdiocesan of Seattle Missions Office, and was the co-director of outdoor ministries for Catholic Youth Organization. Earlier in his career, Bray taught middle school at the Sacred Heart School in Bellevue, Wash., and was the pastoral assistant for youth ministry in the Sacred Heart Parish.

    Bray earned a B.A. in Elementary Education from Carroll College in Helena, Mont., and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies from Seattle University. His service experience includes work in Seattle, Montana, Colombia, India, Thailand, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic.

    Rev. Timothy Brown, S.J., has served as the interim director of campus ministry for the last two years following the departure of Rev. Jack Dennis, S.J., who left Loyola in 2012 to become president of Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis, Ind. Fr. Brown will continue his role as special assistant for mission integration and associate professor of law and social responsibility.

    Bray will assume his new role at Loyola on July 1, 2014.

    Loyola marketing and communications intern Ariel Genovese, '14, was the primary author of this story.

    Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:13:00 -0400
  4. Loyola ranks in top 7% of U.S. universities for return on investment

    Loyola University Maryland is ranked in the top 7 percent of more than 1,300 U.S. colleges and universities for return on investment in's 2014 College ROI Report. With financial aid included, Loyola is in the top 6 percent.

    PayScale is an online compensation database that has released a college ROI report annually for the last several years. Loyola's overall ranking for 2014 is based on the net income a graduate will earn 20 years after graduation after subtracting both what they would have earned as a high school graduate and the cost of college. Based on that formula, PayScale found the 20-year ROI for a Loyola graduate to be just under $500,000; the ROI for the top 1 percent of schools starts at just under $700,000.

    "With numerous examples of alumni who are achieving professional success and contributing in positive ways throughout the world, we don't need rankings to know that a Loyola University Maryland education is worth the investment," said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., Loyola's president. "However, external acknowledgment is particularly welcome for our students and their families who not only believe in the value of a Loyola education, but are also making the sacrifices with confidence that the investment is—and will be—worth it."

    Loyola also ranked No. 49 of nearly 500 private not-for-profit universities on PayScale’s list and in the top 10 percent for business majors. Loyola's ROI is No. 3 among all Maryland schools and No. 2 when the average amount of financial aid awarded to students is considered. In addition, Loyola is in the top 3 percent of PayScale's "Best Religious Schools" for ROI and top 8 percent for "Best Schools for Sports Fans."

    PayScale generated the rankings using data collected from employees who successfully completed a PayScale survey. Only graduates who are employed full-time and paid with either an hourly wage or an annual salary were included in the report. Also, only employees who possess a bachelor's degree and no higher degrees were included.

    Loyola moved up in PayScale's rankings compared to last year, from No. 157 to No. 83 overall. Loyola’s full profile for 2014 is available at

    Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:26:02 -0400
  1. Messina Self and Other Theme-Wide Event

    McGuire West,McGuire Atrium West
    Monday, April 7, 2014, 7 – 8:30pm

    Messina and Take Back the Night welcomes Sharon, mother of Yeardley Love, a University of Virginia student who was beaten to death in 2010 by her boyfriend. She will share how relationship violence impacted her life with the loss of Yeardley and why it's important for all of us to have conversations with our family and friends about healthy relationships. We will also learn about how the Love family has kept Yeardley's memory alive through the One Love Foundation. The "One" represents the number Yeardley wore on her jersey during her high school and college lacrosse career. The number has since been retired by the University of Virginia in her memory. A dessert reception will follow the event.

    07 Apr 2014 23:00:00 GMT
  2. Miss America 2014 - Nina Davuluri

    McGuire West
    Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 7 – 9pm

    To celebrate APIA month, Asian Cultural Alliance invites you to listen to our keynote speaker, Nina Davuluri. She was crowned Miss America 2014 and is the first Indian American and second Asian American to win this prestigious title. She is also the first contestant to perform a Bollywood dance at the competition.

    As part of Miss Davuluri's platform, "Celebrating Diversity through Cultural Competency," she will be speaking about the importance of inclusion and diversity, among other topics. After her lecture, there will be a question and answer session.

    Tickets are free, but required for this event, as there are a limited amount of seats. Reserve your ticket at

    All are welcome.

    Questions? Ask us at or

    08 Apr 2014 23:00:00 GMT
  3. How to Love a Survivor

    Hopkins Lounge
    Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 7:30 – 9pm

    Members of the Loyola community will share how their lives were impacted by sexual assault and what it is like to love a survivor. Following their stories, the event will open into a discussion so that Loyola can learn how to support everyone affected by sexual assault. This event is part of Sexual Assault Awareness Week and is sponsored by the Take Back the Night Student Organization.

    08 Apr 2014 23:30:00 GMT
  4. Brown Bag Discussion: Digital Humanities

    Library 3028 - Board Room
    Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 12:15 – 1:15pm

    Come to the third session of the library's Digital Humanities Brown Bag series to learn about new trends and projects in this exciting new area of research and teaching.

    The library will provide coffee and donuts. For more information about the Digital Humanities Brown Bag series, visit

    09 Apr 2014 16:15:00 GMT

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