Loyola University Maryland


Master of Science in Clinical Professional Counseling

The Master of Science in Clinical Professional Counseling (CPC) is designed for individuals interested in becoming master’s level mental health practitioners. Students graduating from this program will have completed all the necessary coursework to become Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors (LCPC or Professional Counselor) in the state of Maryland, and will also fulfill educational requirements for licensure in other states.

To prepare students, the program features a full-time, structured sequence of 60 credits and 600 hours of supervised field experience, completed over two years and four months. In-house practicum training is located at the Loyola Clinical Centers, a community-based interdisciplinary training clinic, while externship training is completed through Loyola’s large and diverse network of externship sites in the greater Baltimore-Washington area that range from world-famous academic medical centers to small group practices allowing students to tailor their training and experience to their clinical interests.

Graduates of the Clinical Professional Counseling program typically go on to obtain necessary post-graduate clinical supervision hours as Licensed Graduate Professional Counselors (LGPC) in Maryland then work as LCPCs in both public and private settings such as hospitals, clinics, and private practice. Although some graduates choose to go on for doctoral training (e.g., Psy.D. or Ph.D.) or continue to work under the supervision of a psychologist in Maryland (as a Psychological Associate) or other state, the Clinical Professional Counseling program is designed to train master's level clinicians. 

The program is located within Loyola’s Department of Psychology, composed of over 30 full-time faculty members who are productive scientists as well as dedicated instructors who infuse the latest research into their courses. We have been training excellent master’s level mental health practitioners for five decades. The department includes master’s level clinicians with the LCPC credential as well as faculty members with doctorates in clinical and counseling psychology. A number of full-time faculty continue to work in private practice and over 20 adjunct faculty members focus on professional practice to ensure that the realities of clinical work are addressed. Reflecting Loyola’s Jesuit tradition, we focus on academic excellence, multicultural competence, social justice, and serving the community; we view both our students and the individuals we assist as complete beings and encourage their growth in multiple aspects of life. As psychologists, we place an emphasis on clinical assessment (i.e., the measurement of psychological constructs).

For questions or inquiries about the program email graduate@loyola.edu or call 410-617-5020. Students interested in applying to this program are encouraged to begin the application early to ensure all materials and transcripts are received on time.

All accepted applicants must complete and pass a background check prior to enrollment.



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