To be considered for admission into the school counseling master’s programs, applicants need to hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university by the date of entry. Undergraduate majors do not need to be in psychology (or related fields) to be considered as a prerequisite for admission. At a minimum, applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and hold a B or better in their last two years of undergraduate study.
The following documents must be submitted to be considered for admission.
- Submit an application for admission and pay the application fee
- Official transcripts
- Two professional recommendations submitted by colleagues, supervisors or university professors who can attest to the applicant’s potential to be a school counselor
- Submit a personal essay that articulates how your professional goals align to the goals of the school counseling program
- Submit a resume
The school counseling program admits students in fall and spring semesters. We admit a cohort of 30 (fall) and 20 (spring). Some years our cohort numbers could be less to maintain our student to faculty ratios as required by CACREP. Invited applicants must attend an admission interview.
All documents for admission must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admission. For more information, including application deadlines, and to submit your application, please visit the admission requirements/apply page.
Upon acceptance, new students may transfer up to 9 credits from a CACREP program, or equivalent, towards our 48 credit hour master’s program.
To be considered to transfer into our program, course credits must be earned from a CACREP approved, or its equivalent, graduate program within the last five years. Your final grade in the course must be a B or better and courses must directly relate to those required for Loyola's school counseling program.
New students work with their academic advisors. Faculty advisors will determine if credits can be transferred into the program. Students must submit a syllabus and transcript for review to their academic advisor upon acceptance into the program. Academic advisors approve all transfer credits.
Clinical classes such as techniques, group counseling, practicum, and internship cannot be transferred into our program.