Loyola University Maryland

Department of Pastoral Counseling

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

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Select from the list below to access the application requirements for each program:

Application Deadlines

Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling

  • Fall Semester Only: April 1

M.S./Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling

Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling

Master of Arts in Spiritual and Pastoral Care

Certificate of Advanced Study in Pastoral Counseling

  • Fall Semester: April 1
  • Spring Semester: November 1
  • Summer Semester: April 1

All admission documents must be submitted by the deadline.

Applications will continue to be reviewed after the application deadline on a space-available basis.

International Students Application Deadlines

International students may only be enrolled in full-time degree programs. In order to maintain a full-time status, students may be required to travel between Loyola's three campuses in Baltimore, Timonium, and Columbia.  Public transportation is not available.  International students must submit a complete application for admission (including all supplemental documentation) by the deadlines shown below.  The Certificate of Advanced Study program is not available for international students.

Fall Semester:  April 1



Spring Semester: November 1

All admission documents must be submitted by the deadline.

Pastoral Counseling (Ph.D./M.S.-Ph.D.)

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that a completed application and all supplemental materials are received by the application deadline. Supplemental materials, once received, become the property of Loyola University Maryland and cannot be returned.

  • Application form.
  • Nonrefundable $60 application fee.
  • Essay/personal statement (essay prompts can be found on the My Account Page).
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. This includes transcripts from part-time study, study abroad, coursework taken at a community college, and from institutions that have awarded the applicant a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree or an advanced certificate. Admitted students who fail to submit a final degree-posted transcript will not be permitted to register.



    Applicants who hold degrees or have earned credits from non-U.S. institutions (excluding study abroad programs) must have a course-by-course evaluation and translation of their academic records done by a NACES approved evaluation services agency before they can be considered for admission to a degree program. The evaluation must establish that the applicant has earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.  Loyola recommends the WES:ICAP from World Education Services, Inc. (www.wes.org).

     
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test scores. Report must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service. Scores must be from tests administered within five years of the application deadline. Loyola's institution code is 5370.
  • Two letters of recommendation (major professor or clinical supervisor and faith community leader).
  • Resume and/or full curriculum vita detailing personal competency and leadership potential.
  • IELTS or TOEFL score report. The TOEFL or IELTS examination is required only if English is not the applicant's native language or if the applicant has not completed a degree program taught in English. TOEFL scores must be from tests administered within two years of the application deadline. Official scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service. Loyola's institution code is 5370. The minimum required score is 7.0 for IELTS and for the TOEFL a minimum of 80 for the internet based test and 550 for the paper test.
  • International Student Supplemental Form (required only if a student visa is needed)

After review of the admission file by the committee, applicants may be contacted to schedule an interview. An online, video interview is permitted for international students and those who live more than two hours from campus.

If an applicant with a master's degree from another institution is judged to be qualified for admission to the Ph.D. program but is lacking in specific areas of preparation, an assessment of prerequisites will be made at the time of admission and the applicant upon acceptance into the Ph.D. program will be required to take those courses.

Ph.D. candidates applying for advanced standing must also submit:

  • All graduate course syllabi from counseling courses, as requested.
  • All clinical evaluations from practicums, internships, etc., as requested

All supplemental application documents should be submitted to the address listed below.  Please do not send any correspondence with questions to this email.

Loyola University Maryland

Graduate Admission Processing Center

P.O. Box 1447

Beltsville, MD 20704



Or emailed to graddocs@loyola.edu

Questions about graduate programs or our admission process should be directed to the Office of Graduate Admission at (410) 617-5020 or via email at graduate@loyola.edu.

MS & MS/PhD Group Admission Interview Process

The group admissions interview process for admission into the MS and MS/PhD degrees in Pastoral Counseling at Loyola University Maryland, which are CACREP accredited, clinical mental health counseling (CHMC) degrees, involve a full morning or afternoon of activities.  After an applicant has completed his/her application, the applicant's file will be reviewed and a determination will be made regarding whether the applicant is invited to continue the admission process. 

Those applicants invited to continue the interviewing process will receive an email indicating the specific day and time for the Group Admissions Interview process.  This day will typically by a Friday or Saturday starting in late April.

The group admissions interview process itinerary is as follows:

  • Arrive, Welcome and Explanation of the process      20 minutes
  • Writing and Basic Math Exercises                               30 minutes
  • Group Exercise                                                           50 minutes
  • Individual Meetings (20 mins./applicant)                   80 minutes

The Group Admissions Interview Process will take approximately 3 hours to complete.  Once an applicant has had his or her individual meeting the process is over for that applicant and they are free to depart.

One of three outcomes is possible for applicants applying to the MS in Pastoral Counseling in the wake of the PC Group Admission Interview Process: 1. the applicant is accepted into the MS program; 2. the applicant is accepted in the MS program on probation (applicants accepted into the MS program on probation will be allowed to register for the first two MS course sequence); or 3. the applicant is denied acceptance to the program.  These decisions are final.+ The applicant will be notified within a week of the Group Admissions Interview whether the applicant is accepted into the program.

MS/PhD applicants will receive notification within two weeks of the Group Admissions Interview Process whether they have been accepted into the MS/PhD program.

 

Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Care (M.A./M.S./C.A.S.)

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that a completed application and all supplemental materials are received by the application deadline. Supplemental materials, once received, become the property of Loyola University Maryland and cannot be returned.

  • Application form.
  • Nonrefundable $60 application fee.
  • Essay/personal statement (essay prompts can be found on the My Account Page).
  • Official transcripts from all postsecondary colleges or universities attended. This includes transcripts from part-time study and from institutions that have awarded the applicant a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree or an advanced certificate. Students who fail to submit the final degree-posted transcript will not be permitted to register.



    Applicants who hold degrees or have earned credits from non-U.S. institutions (excluding study abroad programs) must have a course-by-course evaluation and translation of their academic records done by an approved evaluation services agency before they can be considered for admission to a degree program. Loyola recommends World Education Services, Inc. (www.wes.org).

     
  • Two professional/academic letters of recommendation.
  • Resume and/or full curriculum vita detailing personal competency and leadership potential.
  • TOEFL score report. The TOEFL examination is required only if English is not the applicant's native language or if the applicant has not completed a degree program taught in English. TOEFL scores must be from tests administered within two years of the application deadline. Official scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service. Loyola's institution code is 5370.
  • International Student Supplemental Forms (required only if a student visa is needed)

After review of the admission file by the committee, applicants may be contacted to schedule an interview. An online, video interview is permitted for international students and those who live more than two hours from campus.

Supplemental application documents should be submitted directly to:

Loyola University Maryland

Graduate Admission Processing Center

P.O. Box 1447

Beltsville, MD 20704

Or emailed to graddocs@loyola.edu

Questions about the application or admission process may be directed to the Office of Graduate Admission at (410) 617-5020 or via email at graduate@loyola.edu.

Additional Application Information

It is the policy of departmental admission committees to give promising applicants the opportunity to undertake graduate work. A careful examination of an applicant's academic and professional qualifications precedes every admission decision. The committees look for previous academic achievement by considering an applicant's undergraduate and graduate records. Work experience is assessed through the presentation of a resume or vitae and professional references.

Applicants accepted for graduate study will be advised in writing. At the time of admission, Individuals will be informed of any courses for which they have qualified for advanced standing and/or additional courses or prerequisites requiring completion before commencing their graduate studies. A program advisor who assists in planning a program of study will be assigned, and students are responsible for discussing any special needs they may have with their advisor.

Meaning Making
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