Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Pastoral Studies

MA in Pastoral Counseling

The MA in Pastoral Counseling program prepares pastoral clinicians to provide therapeutic services with sensitivity to peoples’ faith and/or spirituality.

  • The degree offers full-time enrollment
    - Average time to completion (full time): 3 years (MA degree)
    - Average time to completion (full time): 1 year (Certificate)

The MA curriculum is designed to prepare you for Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) licensure.
While the curriculum is designed for LPC or LCPC licensure, international students not interested in pursuing licensure may replace five licensure specific courses with other IPS courses, in consultation with their advisor.

You will work with the IPS Faculty Coordinator of Contextual Education to complete 700 clinical hours in a supervised counseling setting. As part of this process, you will complete an integration project that synthesizes your learnings at the end of your studies.

Once you complete your studies, you will have built a strong resume for a career in a variety of settings such as clinical mental health, non-profit, and higher education.
Career services are available—learn more at LUC.edu/career.

IPS continues the centuries-old Catholic and Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, a personal and community approach to education, and social relevance.
The MAPC student body consists of students from a variety of faith backgrounds and from around the world.

  • Study abroad: We encourage you to widen your pastoral experience with an international immersion. Study abroad is open to full- and part-time students; courses in Rome are scheduled for every summer.
  • Student organizations include: As an IPS student, you are welcome to participate in the IPS Student Engagement Committee.

Our faculty members are respected leaders in their fields, and they integrate research and practical experiences into the classroom. Their interests include health care ethics, moral theology, ecclesiology, spirituality, Catholic social teaching, pastoral care, and theological approaches to economics
MAPC faculty work in organizations such as The American Association of Pastoral Counselors, and The Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health.

Prior to beginning classes, you will need to complete three 3-credit, graduate level prerequisites in theology, scripture, and spirituality if you do not already have graduate theological training.

Learn more about faculty, curriculum, and how to apply.