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Master of Pastoral Studies and Master of Science in Counseling dual degree

A career of care & service

Master of Pastoral Studies and Master of Science in Counseling

The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling / Master of Pastoral Studies is a 78 credit hour, dual degree program facilitated through both the Department of Counseling and Loyola Institute for Ministry (LIM). Both degrees together offer a breadth and depth of expertise that will enhance counseling practice and pastoral work. 

Spiritual and religious issues often come up in a counseling setting. A thorough grounding in theology and hermeneutics helps the counselor appreciate the religious tradition and spirituality of the client. Pastoral ministers often encounter personal situations when assisting parishioners and others that require well-developed counseling skills. 

Graduates of the joint degree program who subsequently become licensed as professional counselors are eligible to become certified as professional Pastoral Counselors by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.


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Monday, June 17, 2024 12:00 – 1:00 PM Central Time

 

78 Credits

Master of Pastoral Studies and Master of Science in Counseling

Loyola’s Master of Pastoral Studies and Master of Science in Counseling Dual Degree consists of 78 credits which include:

  • Counseling courses (48 credits)
  • Loyola Institute for Ministry courses (30 credits)

Students earn two separate degrees. Check out the University Bulletin to view further curriculum information about Loyola's Master of Pastoral Studies and Master of Science in Counseling Dual Degree. Click here to download a program worksheet.

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.

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Applications for the Master of Pastoral Studies degree are accepted year-round for enrollment for Fall, Spring, and Summer. Application deadlines: August 1, January 1, May 1.

Applications for early decision to the Master of Science in Counseling degree fall cohort begins August 1st and closes December 1st. The regular decision deadline is March 1st.