Loyola University Maryland

Department of Pastoral Counseling

M.S. Pastoral Counseling Program

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What Is It?

The Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling is a clinical mental health counseling program designed to serve students who are seeking to incorporate the spiritual dimensions of their clients’ experience in the context of a professional counseling experience.

What Are Possible Career Paths?

The goal of the program is to develop competent practitioners of the counseling profession who give the spiritual dimension an integral role as they help others. Students are able to seek national credentials through the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) and will have met most state licensure requirements in the state of their choice upon graduation.

How Long Does it Take?

Students talkingDesigned to allow for either full-time or part-time participation, the pace at which the student chooses to progress through the program can vary depending on his or her previous professional experience, theoretical background, experience in ministry, employment, and other personal commitments. The essential component of the program is an 800-clinical-hour internship (280 client contact hours) allowing students to put learning into practice at mental health agencies throughout the greater Baltimore-Washington metro area. In order to help students plan their academic program, the department has devised several "typical" programs. The "typical programs" provide a reasonably accurate picture of how students have progressed through the program in the past.

To learn more about the M.S. program, please review the typical course of study as well as the learning goals. You may also learn more about our extensive clinical internship opportunities.

Is this program accredited?

The M.S. program is accredited through the American Counseling Association’s (ACA) Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) under the 2001 Community Counseling Standards. The program of study has recently been revised to meet the 2009 CACREP Clinical Mental Health Counseling accreditation standards.

The American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) has certified the M.S. program as an approved training program.

What are the Program Outcomes? 


M.S. Graduates in 2013  42 
 Completion Rate (percentage of students who complete within the expected time period)
 National Counseling Exam Pass Rate  94%
 Job Placement Rate  88%

*Statistics based on the 2013 CACREP Vital Statistics Report.

How many credits are required?

66 credits. Click here to review the University tuition and fees.

Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
American Association of Pastoral Counselors: Professionally Integrating Psychotherapy and Spirituality
American Counseling Association: Your Passion, Your Profession. Our Purpose