Loyola University Maryland



Master of Science in Clinical Professional Counseling

The Master of Science 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. And, with extensive in-house and externship training, Loyola Clinical Professional Counseling students graduate well prepared to enter a career that is projected to add over 26,000 new jobs by 2028.

Program Overview

  •  Cost Per Credit: $1,000
  •  Credits: 60
  •  Format: Full-time
  •  Time to Completion: 2 years, 4 months
  •  Clinical Hours: 600
  •  Externship Opportunities: 50+

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 exceptional 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).

Program Format

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.

Outcomes and Job Opportunities

Graduates of Loyola’s master’s level graduate programs in psychology have gone on to be employed across the country from reputable private practices to world-renowned medical systems.

From 2018-2028 the US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects significant future demand for psychologists. The number of jobs in the field is expected to grow by 14%, adding over 26,000 jobs. Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists are expected to make up the majority of that demand and "average pay" for psychologists is more than double the average of all other occupations.

Admission and How to Apply

For questions or inquiries regarding the program please request information below, 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. More information about admission requirements may be on the admission page.

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Lauren Giglio-Thomas

Lauren Giglio-Thomas

A school counselor, Lauren says Loyola’s focus on cura personalis allows her see her students and clients for who they are