Loyola University Chicago

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MA in Community Counselling

  • Prepare for doctoral study in counseling psychology, counselor education or a related field.
  • Focus on research, with courses in research methods and statistics.
  • Complete the program in just two years.
  • Study at a fully-accredited, respected college committed to social justice in scientific and practice settings.
  • Understand the knowledge bases of the counseling professions.
  • Capable of applying the knowledge base of their disciplines in an ethical, reflective, and culturally-responsive manner.
  • Evaluate research, appreciate the contribution of empirical inquiry to the solution of applied problems, and apply research findings to their practices.
  • Knowledgeable of the social-cultural contexts of human development.
  • Evaluate the outcomes of their interventions with empirically sound methods
  • Participate in continuing professional education and supervision in their future professional lives and who involve themselves in activities of their professional associations.
  • Committed to social justice in scientific and practice settings.

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.

  • Introductory Statistics course

Counseling Core (27 semester hours)

  • CPSY 420: Counseling Skills
  • CPSY 421: Professional Issues in Counseling
  • CPSY 423: Theories of Counseling & Psychotherapy
  • CPSY 424: Career Development and Counseling
  • CPSY 425: Assessment in Counseling
  • CPSY 426: Group Counseling
  • CPSY 433: Multicultural Counseling
  • CPSY 454: Human Development
  • RMTD 400: Introduction to Research Methodology

Specialty Area (21 semester hours)

  • RMTD 482: Introduction to Linear Models OR
    RMTD 421: Educational Research II
  • CPSY 427: Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • CPSY 499: Independent Research*
  • CPSY 440: Practicum**
  • CPSY 441: Internship
  • One Research Elective (see handbook for courses)
  • One General Elective (see handbook for courses)

* 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.

Completion of the MA 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.


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.


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


Comprehensive Assessment: Comprehensive proctored examination is required (four-hour exam). See Handbook for details. Comprehensive examination application deadlines are as follows (see School of Education Academic Calendar for comprehensive exam dates)


  • Spring Exam: December 1

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:


  • August 1 for December conferral
  • December 1 for May conferral
  • February 1 for August conferral*

*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.

Application Deadlines for Fall: January 1


A Completed Application Form 
You may submit your application form online


Official Transcripts
Applicants must submit official transcripts for all undergraduate and any graduate work. To be eligible for admission, your transcript must show an earned bachelor's degree or a bachelor’s degree in progress. Certified copies of transcripts are acceptable; faxed copies of transcripts are not considered official. If you attended Loyola University Chicago previously, you do not need to request transcripts; we have them on record.


Transcripts must show a GPA of at least a 3.0. In exceptional cases, applicants whose undergraduate GPA is below 3.0 may be admitted. Each program area gives meaningful consideration to the applicant's graduate GPA, GRE scores, recommendations, professional experience and reasons for pursuing a graduate program, as well as to the diversity of the student body.


Two Letters of Recommendation
If you supply your recommender’s email address as part of your completed online application form, then your recommendation letters may be submitted online. Or, your recommenders may choose to mail them to:


Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
820 N. Michigan Ave.
Suite 1200
Chicago, IL 60611


We ask that you submit only two letters, no more, no less. Recommenders may be academic or professional in nature.


A Personal Statement
Your statement should be 1-3 pages, and you should describe your:

  1. Academic and research interests, as well as your professional goals
  2. Life experiences that have influenced your view of social justice
  3. Any research and professional experiences


Optional Standardized Test Scores
If you believe your general GRE scores can strengthen your application, you may submit them. However, it is not required. (Loyola’s GRE institution code is 1412.) 

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