Master of Pastoral Studies and Master of Science in Counseling

Why a dual degree in pastoral studies and counseling?

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. Both degrees together offer a breadth and depth of expertise that will enhance counseling practice and pastoral work. 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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Degree Requirements

The total number of credits for the dual degree is 72 credits. Individually taken, the two degrees would require 84 credits of graduate work. Pursuing the dual degree provides for a reduction of 12 graduate credits. The dual degree allows for courses in one program to count as electives or required courses in the other degree program.

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LIM students who enter the joint M.P.S./M.S. degree program should register for CNSL A702 Research and Statistical Methods in Counseling in the Department of Counseling within the first 12 hours of work in counseling.

Students should also take the Loyola Institute for Ministry course LIM 703 Introduction to Practical Theology as early as possible.