The undergraduate program in psychology endorses the educational mission of Loyola, to challenge students to "learn, lead, and serve in a diverse and changing world." As such, students majoring in psychology are exposed to fundamental concepts that provide them with a solid foundation in the discipline. Development of critical thinking skills, an understanding of research methodology, and an appreciation of diversity are core to the mission of the undergraduate program.
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The Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Professional Counseling at Loyola University Maryland trains and prepares future graduate-level mental health counselors. Students complete 60 credit hours and 600 supervised field experience hours, fulfilling all of the necessary educational requirements to become Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors (LCPC or Professional Counselor) in the state of Maryland.
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The APA-accredited Doctoral Program (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology is committed to the professional training and development of doctoral level psychologists in the scholar-practitioner model and the Ignatian tradition of cura personalis, which challenges students to "learn, lead, and serve in a diverse and changing world." The competencies of the Psy.D. program exist within the larger context of health service psychology, the principles of the American Psychological Association, and the mission of Loyola University Maryland. The development of these goals and objectives was guided by the six original competencies adopted by the National Council of Schools and Programs in Professional Psychology (NCSPP, 1986-1987 Mission Bay Conference); the recently adopted diversity competency (NCSPP, 2002 Chicago Conference); the Jesuit tradition of leadership and service; and the department's own mission and philosophy of training. The program's philosophy, educational model, and curriculum plan reflect two basic principles:
- Psychological practice is based on the science of psychology which, in turn, is influenced by the practice of professional psychology.
- All program training is sequential, cumulative, graded in complexity, and designed to prepare students for further organized training.
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