The pastoral counseling department at Loyola is the only place you will find accredited, advanced degree programs that integrate religious philosophy with practical behavioral science. Pastoral counseling was initially introduced in 1976 as a master's degree within the psychology department. As a result of the program's unique offerings and subsequent growth, an independent pastoral counseling department was established in 1984. The Master of Science (M.S.) in Pastoral Counseling Program was expanded to include a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Pastoral Counseling in 1990 and a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Spiritual and Pastoral Care in 1997. Today, our various degree, certificate, and pre-licensure programs within the pastoral counseling department attract students from across the country and around the world.
Overview of each program:
Master of Arts in Spiritual and Pastoral Care The Master of Arts in Spiritual and Pastoral Care consists of 45 credits and focuses on contemporary ministry and pastoral conversation. The M.A. has three tracks: ministry, chaplaincy, and spiritual direction.
Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling
The Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling is CACREP-accredited. It offers a professional, clinically intensive counseling program that will lead to state licensure. It can be completed in as few as 66 credits with an 800-credit-hour internship, of which 260 hours are direct client contact.
Master of Science / Doctor of Philosophy in Pastoral Counseling
The combined Master of Science/Doctor of Philosophy Pastoral Counseling option includes the M.S. licensure degree with the CACREP-accredited doctoral program.
Doctor of Philosopy in Pastoral Counseling
The Doctor of Philosophy in Pastoral Counseling is the only CACREP-approved counselor education and supervision program that is specifically designed to study, in theory and practice, the integration of spirituality and the social sciences.
Certificate of Advanced Study in Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Care
The Certificate of Advanced Study in Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Care is comprised of 30 post-master’s credits in counseling and is specifically geared toward those seeking licensure or to enrich their educational repertoire.
The M.S. program is accredited through the American Counseling Association’s (ACA) Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) under the 2001 Community Counseling Standards. The program of study has recently been revised to meet the 2009 CACREP Clinical Mental Health Counseling accreditation standards.The American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) has certified the M.S. program as an approved training program.
International Student Requirements:
International students may only be enrolled in full-time degree programs. In order to maintain a full-time status, students may be required to travel between Loyola's three campuses in Baltimore, Timonium, and Columbia. Public transportation is not available. International students must submit a complete application for admission (including all supplemental documentation) by the deadlines shown below.
Facts & Figures
Financial Aid: Yes
International Financial Aid: Yes
Classification: Master's College or University I
Locale: Large City
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