Department of Psychology Loyola College of Arts and Sciences Loyola University Maryland

Department of Psychology Loyola College of Arts and Sciences Loyola University Maryland

Baltimore, MD
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5 Degrees Offered
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Jesuit Catholic University Committed to Leadership

Loyola University Maryland was founded on the Jesuit ideals of academic excellence, the importance of the liberal arts, and the education of the whole person.

Its psychology graduate programs prepare clinical and counseling psychologists to be competent practitioners and leaders in their fields. Degree options include an M.S in Clinical Psychology, an M.S in Counseling Psychology, a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, a CAS (Certificate of Advanced Study) in Psychology, and the LCPC (Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor) program, which facilitates independent practice in the state of Maryland without a doctoral degree.

Master of Science in Clinical Psychology

Loyola's M.S in Clinical Psychology program features small seminar courses and a selection of research externships that contribute to comprehensive and focused training. Core courses include Advanced Abnormal Psychology, Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy, Principles and Practices of Psychotherapy, Ethics, Diversity, and Research Methods.

The practitioner track provides extensive training in psychological assessment, with specialized courses in psychodiagnostics, a testing practicum, and externships in clinical psychology settings.

Practitioner track careers options include psychological associates, psychologists in the school setting, and clinicians in the hospital setting. It also serves as an ideal introduction to master's-level counselor licensure through the LCPC, or for entry into Psy.D. programs.

The research track prepares students for Ph.D. or Psy.D. programs. Specific coursework includes research methods, thesis guidance, and externships in clinical psychology settings.

Master of Science in Counseling Psychology

The M.S in Counseling Psychology at Loyola prepares graduate students for counseling positions in private settings, or certification or licensure as mental health counselors.

The counseling practitioner track, designed for students who know they want to pursue the master's-level licensed professional counseling certification, emphasizes training in counseling and psychotherapy. Specific courses cover group, family, and marriage therapy; use of tests in counseling; and lifestyle and career development. Students also complete 150-hour externships in the community.

The counseling research (thesis) track is designed to give students the experience, knowledge, and skills required for successful Ph.D. program admission. In addition to coursework, students complete relevant externships in the community, and conduct a thesis project.

Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology

Loyola offers a unique, competitive full-time five-year doctoral program in clinical psychology (the program is only four years for students already holding a qualifying master's degree) leading to licensure in any state.

First- through fourth-year coursework educates students in a number of areas and includes a dissertation research project. The fifth year consists of clinical internships.

The program is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA), and emphasizes the integration of clinical skills with a comprehensive knowledge base. With most classes capped at fifteen students, there is close faculty mentorship and interaction.

Ample research and training opportunities for clinical psychology students exist at the Loyola Clinical Center and various other service learning centers, including Johns Hopkins Hospital, the University of Maryland, the Kennedy Krieger Institute, and St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Certificate of Advanced Study Can Be Personalized

Loyola's Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Psychology is designed for students already possessing a master's degree who want to enhance their knowledge and skills in clinical or counseling psychology. Courses of study are individually tailored to meet personal, specialized job, certification, and credentialing requirements.

Students are prepared for careers in areas including family treatment, clinical mental health counseling, and school psychology.

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Program

The LCPC program at Loyola is for practitioners who want to practice independently without pursuing a doctoral-level degree. Students possessing a master's degree are provided with the specific coursework they need to become licensed professional counselors in the state of Maryland.

Externships for Real-World Learning

Loyola Maryland's extensive and varied externship program provides opportunities for psychology students to discover a wide range of professional options as they work toward their chosen certificate or degree.

Psychology graduate programs have longstanding relationships with a wide variety of esteemed community-based institutions throughout the greater Baltimore-Washington D.C. metropolitan area that serve as externship sites. These include medical centers, mental health centers, crisis centers, domestic violence shelters, substance abuse treatment centers, and retirement and assisted living communities.

Decorated Psychology Faculty

Loyola's Department of Psychology faculty have received several distinguished awards. Recent awards include the Mentor of the Year Award (2007 and 2008) by the Maryland Psychological Association for Graduate Students (MPAGS), Distinguished Psychologist of the Year (2007) by Psychologists in Independent Practice (APA), Outstanding Scientific and Research Contributions to Psychology Award (2008) by the Maryland Psychological Association, and Distinguished Contributions to the Independent Practice of Psychology Award (2009) by the American Psychological Association.

Value in Education

Loyola has been included in "Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine" 2009 list of Best Values in Private Universities as well as being ranked in the top 10 in the North region for "U.S. News and World Report's" Great Schools, Great Prices.

Located in Baltimore -- "Charm City"

Loyola's location in Baltimore, Maryland, offers students shops, restaurants, a lively music scene, recreation, sports, and access to the waterfront of a historic and fascinating port city. State parks, beaches, and trails are nearby.

There are also many colleges and universities in Baltimore, with over 100,000 students in residence. The Baltimore Collegetown Network of 16 area colleges and universities coordinates a free shuttle to and from schools in the area, as well as to local attractions.

Location & Contact

Department of Psychology

Loyola College of Arts and Sciences
Loyola University Maryland

4501 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21210-2699
United States

Beth Kotchick


Phone: 410-617-2696

Maureen Faux

Executive Director, Graduate Admissions

Phone: 410-617-5020
Fax: 410-617-2002

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Clinical Psychology Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS)
      Doctor of Psychology (Psy D)
      Master of Science (MS)
    • Counseling Psychology Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS)
      Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 81
    • Doctoral Degrees 17
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 1
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


26% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 800
    • Accepted 215
    • Acceptance Rate 26
    • Enrolled Not Reported
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE, essay, and 3 letters of recommendation, transcript
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsApril 15
    • Types of financial support availableGraduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students260
    • Female Percentage78%
    • Male Percentage22%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students260
    • Part-time Percentage23%
    • Full-time Percentage77%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino4%
    • Black / African American8%
    • White / Caucasian79%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian3%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races3%
    • Unknown3%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty26
    • Full-time Percentage46%
    • Part-time Percentage54%
    • Female Percentage62%
    • Male Percentage38%