Loyola University Maryland

Department of Psychology

Master's Program Learning Aims

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The Master of Science, Thesis Track programs prepare students to continue their education in a doctoral degree program (Ph.D. or Psy.D.). The Master of Science, Practitioner Track programs prepare students to begin employment in psychology under the supervision of a doctoral-level licensed psychologist, or to continue their education leading to the Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) or a doctoral degree (Psy.D. or Ph.D.). The Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) provides students possessing a master's degree in psychology or an allied field advanced training in specialized areas of clinical or counseling psychology. The Masters Plus program is set up for students who already have their masters degree in psychology and need the additional course work to sit for the State licensure exam.

Learning Aims for Master’s Programs

Goal 1: Students will exhibit ethical behavior in professional settings, in keeping with the Ignatian tradition of care for the person (i.e., cura personalis).

Goal 2: Students will employ a scholarly, scientific approach to generating knowledge, resolving problems, and enhancing the development of individuals and groups.

Goal 3: Students will appreciate and understand a variety of professional assessment strategies and effectively use a selected set of assessment instruments.

Goal 4: Students will effectively conceptualize psychological issues and implement intervention strategies in resolving a problem or enhancing the development of individuals or groups.

Learning Aims for Master’s Plus and CAS Programs

Goal 1: Students will effectively conceptualize psychological issues and implement intervention strategies in resolving a problem or enhancing the development of individuals or groups.

Goal 2: Students will appreciate and understand a variety of professional assessment strategies that they may effectively use in their clinical or counseling practice.

Goal 3: Students will exhibit ethical behavior in a professional setting in keeping with the Ignatian tradition of care for the person, i.e. cura personalis.

Goal 4: Students will advance their knowledge of and skills with the areas of psychological assessment, treatment, and prevention of mental, emotional and behavior problems, as dictated by their individual professional needs.