Loyola University Maryland


Psychology Master's Plus & CAS Programs

Dr. ParenteThe Master's Plus program offers an innovative option for practitioners who want to practice independently but lack the time and resources to pursue a doctoral-level degree. This program provides students who already possess a master's degree with the specific coursework required to become licensed professional counselors and independent service providers in the state of Maryland. Students in the Masters Plus program may complete between 3 and 30 credits, but no more than 30 credits. 

Students who already possess a master's degree and are looking to enhance their knowledge and skills in clinical or counseling psychology may choose to pursue a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS). These students tailor their courses to meets specialized job, certification, and credentialing requirements in such areas as family treatment and clinical mental health counseling. The CAS is open to all students who have completed a master's degree in psychology or an allied field and wish to supplement their studies with additional masters-level courses in clinical or counseling psychology. A total of 30 credit hours is required for awarding of the CAS. Students in the CAS Program may not complete more than 30 credits in this program. 

Traci MartinoIndividuals who possess a master's degree from an accredited college or university—including Loyola—are eligible for the Masters Plus or CAS Program. Content area coursework must be pursued in 14 prescribed core areas. Advising and course approval are provided by department faculty and the directors of master's education, field education and the CAS/Master's Plus Programs. By following the guidelines for licensure established by the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists, these programs broaden the career options and scope of practice for professional counselors. Students work with faculty to tailor a program of study that takes into account their previous course work and meets state licensure requirements. Courses may be selected from the graduate psychology curriculum, which covers all content areas required by the Maryland State Board for licensure.

LCPC Required Course Content Areas

  • Human Growth and Development
  • Social Cultural Foundations of Counseling
  • Counseling Theory
  • Counseling Techniques
  • Group Dynamics in Counseling
  • Lifestyle and Career Development
  • Appraisal and Diagnosis of Individuals
  • Research and Evaluation
  • Professional, Legal and Ethical Responsibility
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Supervised Field Experience
  • Alcohol and Drug Counseling
  • Diagnosis and Psychotherapy
  • Psychotherapy and Treatment of Mental and Emotional Disorders

More Information

Course offerings for both the Masters Plus and CAS programs include many subjects required by the Maryland Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors to become a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC).

Possible Career Paths

Click on the links for more information on jobs and Standard Occupational Codes (SOC) related to this program:

  SOC Codes 
Counselors  21-1019.00
Mental Health Counselors 21-1014.00
Therapists 29-1129.00

Estimated Program Costs

  • Program tuition and fees: $26,425.00*
  • Program books and supplies: $1,500.00*
  • Potential program externship and lab fees: $450.00*
  • On-campus room and board: Not offered

*Note: Costs for the program, including tuition, fees, books, and supplies, are estimated based on academic year 2018-2019 rates ($880 per credit). Rates are subject to change.


  • Financing options: Refer to the office of financial aid website.
  • Median debt for program graduates: Due to privacy regulations, since fewer than 10 students completed the program in 2017-18, this information may not be disclosed.


  • Program length: This 30-credit program (CAS) is designed to take 24 months to complete.
  • Percentage of graduates who completed this program in the time defined above: Due to privacy regulations, since fewer than 10 students completed the program in 2017-18, this information may not be disclosed.
  • Job placement rate for this program: Since the job placement rate is not required by an accrediting body nor by the State of Maryland, this information is not available.

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Program Director

Anthony Parente, M.A., LCPC

For more information contact

Traci Martino, M.S., Director of Program Operations



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