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Loyola University Chicago

School of Education


M.A. in Community Counseling

Degree Requirements

Total Hours: 48
Practicum: Required
Comprehensive: 4 hour Proctored Exam
Thesis: None

Length of the Program
Most students complete the program over a two-year period as a full-time student, including at least one summer. Part-time study is also an option.  Students have five years from acceptance to complete the program. (See GA&S Policy: Time Limit for Completion of Degree Requirements)

   Undergraduate Prerequisites
Students should present transcript evidence of successful completion ("B" or better) of the course listed below, or its equivalent. Ideally students will have completed this course prior to the start of the program.

Curriculum Plan
Completion of the M.A. degree program requires 48 semester hours of graduate study focused in two major areas: (1) counseling core and (2) specialty area.  The program includes 450 clock hours of practicum/internship experience (for six semester hours of course credit). Students must also take and pass a four-hour written comprehensive examination during their final semester of study.

Continuous Enrollments
Master's students in Community Counseling are required to maintain the status of continuous enrollment during their program of studies. This means that during each semester of each academic year (excluding Summer Sessions), each student must enroll in at least one course.  (See GA&S Policy: Academic Standing - Continuous Registration)

A formal leave of absence may be granted upon request and the approval of the Graduate School’s Associate Dean.

Counseling Core (27 semester hours)

Specialty Area (21 semester hours)

* Students are required to participate on a faculty member's research team for one semester. CPSY 499 should be taken at that time and the student should register for his or her faculty mentor's section of CPSY 499. Voluntary (i.e., not for course credit) participation in research for more than one semester is recommended.
** Practicum/Internship requires 450 hours of supervised experience in a setting relevant to community counseling practice.

Comprehensive Assessment
Comprehensive proctored examination is required (four-hour exam). See the handbook for details.

Comprehensive examination application deadlines:

See School of Education Academic Calendar for comprehensive exam dates

Degree Conferral
While the commencement ceremony is every May, degrees can be conferred May, August, and December. Students must apply for graduation/degree conferral. Students should apply for graduation in the semester they anticipate completing all degree requirements. Failure to meet application deadlines may result in a delay of the conferral of the degree to the following semester. Applications for Degree Conferral are due:

*Students having their degrees conferred in August are eligible to participate in the proceeding May Commencement

Please note the degree conferral application is valid for only one semester. If the degree is not conferred for the semester requested, a new application is required for a subsequent semester.


School of Education
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