Loyola University Maryland

Department of Pastoral Counseling


About Us

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Welcome to the Loyola University Maryland graduate department of pastoral counseling. This department comprises a religiously and culturally diverse community of faculty scholars and students who aim to integrate spirituality and counseling in both secular and religious settings. The programs are based in Loyola’s Columbia Graduate Center, midway between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Md., a convenient location for both full-time students and those who are balancing their graduate studies with careers in counseling, ministry, and many other fields.

CommunityThe pastoral counseling department at Loyola is the only place you will find accredited, advanced degree programs that integrate religious philosophy with practical behavioral science. Pastoral counseling was initially introduced in 1976 as a master's degree within the psychology department. As a result of the program's unique offerings and subsequent growth, an independent pastoral counseling department was established in 1984. The Master of Science (M.S.) in Pastoral Counseling Program was expanded to include a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Pastoral Counseling in 1990 and a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Spiritual and Pastoral Care in 1997. Today, our various degree, certificate, and pre-licensure programs within the pastoral counseling department attract students from across the country and around the world.

We consider pastoral counseling to be evidence of the Holy Spirit working within our community and have enjoyed sharing this gift for more than 30 years. We invite you to consider our pastoral counseling programs and learn a great deal about them from our website. If you have questions about the information presented here, please feel free to contact us so that we may speak with you personally and discuss pastoral counseling and spiritual care.

Making Meaning: A peek into the lives of current pastoral counseling students