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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.