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The following degree options are available for School Counseling:

Admission Information for the M.A. and M.Ed.

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.

Transfer Credit for the M.A. and M.Ed.

Upon acceptance, new students may transfer up to 12 credits from a CACREP program, or equivalent, towards our 60-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, graduMate 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 progr25am.

Application Deadlines for the M.A. and M.Ed.

The school counseling program admits students in the summer and spring semesters. We admit a cohort of 30 (summer) 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.

Application Deadline March 8, 2025
Final International Deadline (ALL documents must be submitted by this date)  March 8, 2025 
Admission Interview Day (Invitation Only) March 28, 2025

Decision Emails April 
New Student Orientation mid-April
Summer Registration mid-April 
Summer classes will begin mid-July in a hybrid format.  
Application Deadline -applications may be reviewed after this date if space is available.                                                                       October 9, 2024
Admission Interview Day (Invitation Only) October 18, 2024
Decision Emails October 25, 2024
New Student Orientation November 
Fall Registration November

Application Deadlines for the Post-Master's Certificate of Advanced Study in School Counseling and Master's Plus in School Counseling

Admission Timeline: occurs year-round, with the deadlines below:

 Fall  August 3
 Spring  December 3
 Summer  May 3

At the discretion of the department, applications will continue to be reviewed after the application deadline on a space-available basis.

Important Licensure Information

Loyola University Maryland offers several programs leading to professional licensure within the State of Maryland. States and other jurisdictions vary in what professions they require to be licensed and the requirements for licensure within their borders. Loyola University Maryland programs are designed to prepare students to apply for licensure exams in the state of Maryland. Students planning to become licensed in another state other than Maryland should contact the licensing agency for that state or jurisdiction to determine the appropriate requirements of the state-specific licensing board.

Application Form

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Required Supplemental Materials

In addition to the application form, you must submit the following:

  • Nonrefundable $60 application fee.
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions attended. The admission committee reserves the right to request official transcripts from universities where an applicant has attended but did not complete a degree. Please note that not submitting all transcripts where courses have been completed could impact course waivers.
  • All foreign transcripts must be translated and evaluated by an approved international academic record evaluation service. Visit the International Academic Records page for a list of approved services.
  • Two professional/academic recommendations must be completed on our school counseling recommendation form.
  • Optional Resume.
  • Official English language examination scores are required for applicants who have not earned (or will not be earning) a bachelor's or higher degree from a college or university where English is the sole language of instruction. For additional details and a list of accepted English language exams, visit the English Language Examination Requirements page.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that a completed application and all supplemental materials are received by the application deadline. Supplemental materials, once received, become the property of Loyola University Maryland and cannot be returned.

We strongly recommend that all applicants have their schools send us official e-transcripts if possible. If your school uses an automated transcript request service, select “Loyola University Maryland” as the receiving institution, and be sure to select “Graduate” or “Graduate Admission” as the receiving office. If your school does not use an automated transcript request service but will still send an official transcript on your behalf via email, have your school send your transcript to

If your school is unable to provide electronic transcripts of any kind, your transcripts must be sent to us by mail in envelopes sealed by the school. Our mailing address can be found on the Graduate Admission webpage.

Double Greyhound Alumni Discount

A 15% tuition discount is now available to Loyola alumni admitted to the master's School Counseling program.

Learn more about the Double Greyhound Discount

Additional Application Information

It is the policy of departmental admission committees to give promising applicants the opportunity to undertake graduate work. A careful examination of an applicant's academic and professional qualifications precedes every admission decision. The committees look for previous academic achievement by considering an applicant's undergraduate and graduate records. Work experience is assessed through the presentation of a resume or vitae and professional references.

Applicants accepted for graduate study will be advised in writing. At the time of admission, individuals will be informed of any courses for which they have qualified for advanced standing and/or additional courses or prerequisites requiring completion before commencing their graduate studies. A program advisor who assists in planning a program of study will be assigned, and students are responsible for discussing any special needs they may have with their advisor.


Loyola University Maryland does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military status, or any other legally protected classification in the administration of any of its educational programs and activities or with respect to admission or employment. The designated compliance officer to ensure compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, is David Tiscione, Director of Title IX, Compliance, and Assessment, 105 Jenkins Hall, 410-617-5171, Loyola University is authorized under Federal Law to enroll non-immigrant, alien students. This publication does not constitute an express or implied contract. Loyola reserves the right to amend or rescind this publication at any time.

Title IX

For information about the Title IX Grievance Process, see the Harassment and Discrimination Policy and Procedures for Students and for Employees.

To report any Sexual Harassment or any form of sexual misconduct or related behaviors, please contact any of the Title IX Coordinators.

Accessibility Accommodations

If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at or 410-617-5020.


Program Options

Loyola's School Counseling programs are designed to meet all stages of your professional life—whether you are entering the profession and learning the basics, or if you are an established counselor who wants to continue your education and advance your knowledge and skillset. Our students are prepared to effectively serve, lead, and be advocates for social justice and mental health in pre K-12 settings. 

To meet the youth mental health crisis, we offer counselors the opportunity to not only become eligible for certification of a school counselor, but also meet requirements for licensure in the state of Maryland. We invite you to explore our M.A. or M.Ed. program, or one of three post-master's options.






Ready to learn more?

Explore the following links or contact us at or 410-617-5095. For admission-related questions, contact Mechelle Palmer at