Interim Dean: Stephen Fowl, Professor of Theology
Office: Humanities Center, Room 234
Associate Dean for the Humanities and the Core: Peggy O'Neill, Professor of Writing
Office: Humanities Center, Room 236f
Associate Dean for the Natural and Applied Sciences: Bahram Roughani, Professor of Physics
Office: Donnelly Science Center, Room 145
Associate Dean for the Social Sciences and Graduate Programs: Carolyn Barry, Professor of Psychology
Office: Humanities Center, Room 236b
Mission and Educational Objectives
Graduate programs in Loyola College build on the rich tradition of Jesuit liberal arts by educating men and women for others in the advanced study of traditional disciplines as well as the human service professions. Loyola's vision is to inspire its graduate students to leadership and inculcate in them the knowledge that service to the larger world is a defining measure of their professional responsibilities. Graduate programs are committed to the following University-wide graduate learning goals that embrace the core values and principles inherent in Loyola's mission:
Master Knowledge and Skills
- Master the skills, methods, and knowledge appropriate to the discipline
- Synthesize knowledge using interdisciplinary approaches
- Acquire the tools to continue professional development and lifelong learning
- Access, analyze, and evaluate information effectively
- Disseminate and communicate information effectively
Manifest Leadership and Social Responsibility in the Workplace and Community
- Understand and value individual differences and have the skills for working effectively in a diverse and changing world
- Comprehend the ethical principles appropriate to the discipline, have the ability to identify ethical dilemmas, and understand the frameworks for selecting and defending an appropriate course of action
- Contribute professionally and personally to the broader community
- Consider issues of justice in making decisions
The Loyola College of Arts and Sciences, formerly known as Loyola College, began its graduate programs in 1949 with the Master of Arts (MA) in Education. The purpose of graduate study was "first, further training of teachers, counselors, and administrators in public and private schools; second, the preparation for further research and study in education fields." These founding principles are mirrored by the current mission of graduate programs in Loyola College-to train helping professionals and foster further intellectual inquiry in the social and mathematical sciences as well as the humanities.
The graduate program in psychology began in the Education Department in 1967. Master's degrees and the Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) focus on clinical and counseling psychology. The Clinical Professional Counseling master's is a full-time program that prepares graduates for careers as licensed professional counselors or to pursue clinically-oriented doctoral training in clinical or counseling psychology (PsyD). The Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology was first offered in 1996, and the program was accredited by the American Psychological Association in 2000. Its graduates become independently licensed psychologists. All psychology courses are offered on the Baltimore Campus.
The master's program in speech pathology was established when nearby Mount Saint Agnes College joined Loyola in 1971. With the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences (formerly the Department of Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology) came the speech clinic, a training site for graduate students, as well as a community service for children and adults with speech, language, and hearing problems. Loyola's master's degree in speech pathology is fully accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
Offering the only accredited, advanced degree programs of its kind in the United States, the Pastoral Counseling Department seeks to integrate religious philosophy with practical behavioral science. Pastoral counseling was initially introduced in 1976 as a master's degree within the Psychology Department, and an independent department was established in 1984. The master's program was expanded in 1990 to include a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Pastoral Counseling, and a Master of Arts (MA) in Spiritual and Pastoral Care was added in 1997. In 2009, the Certificate in Spirituality and Trauma was added. The Master of Science (MS) and the Ph.D. programs offered in the Pastoral Counseling Department are both fully accredited by CACREP. Courses are offered at the Columbia Campus. After a University decision to close the Pastoral Counseling department and programs was announced in January 2017, pastoral counseling courses will be offered only during a three-year teach-out of the program with the department and its programs closing the following Spring 2020 semester.
The liberal studies program-which awards a Master of Arts (MA) in Liberal Studies-offers courses in the humanities as well as the natural and social sciences, to those seeking a graduate-level intellectual experience that focuses on modern culture. Courses are offered on all three campuses. In 2017, it was announced that the liberal studies program will be closing. Courses are being offered to currently enrolled students during a three-year teach-out period. At the conclusion of this teach-out the program will be closed.
In 2012, Loyola began offering a Master of Theological Studies (MTS). The MTS is a rigorous program designed to offer students both a broad exposure to the Christian tradition and a variety of theological specialties. The program allows students to explore a topic in depth through the preparation of a thesis, and it can be an excellent preparation for beginning a Ph.D. or can lead to further work in fields such as library science, education, ministry, social work, law, or publishing. In 2014, Loyola began offering a three-year, part-time Postbaccalaureate Certificate (PBC) in Theology and Ministry for those who wish to further their academic theological education, but who are not interested in pursuing an academic career. Beginning in 2019, an accelerated MTS program has been offered, allowing qualified undergraduate students at Loyola University Maryland to begin MTS courses during their senior year and thus, complete the MTS in less time.
In Fall 2013, Loyola launched a Master of Arts (MA) in Emerging Media. The MA is an intensive program designed for working professionals, recent college graduates and those generally interested in improving their understanding of emerging media. Program participants master the skills needed to communicate effectively using new and emerging media platforms within defined contexts and professional settings, as well as explore the social, cultural, psychological, and economic impact of new communications platforms. All but two required classes are taken online. The program is designed to be completed in 12 months for full-time students and up to 44 months for part-time students. Beginning in 2018, a Health Communications certificate program has been offered, providing education and training in emerging media relevant to the health field and related professions.
In Spring 2017, Loyola began offering a Master of Science (MS) in Data Science. The MS curriculum is one that is problem-based, grounded in ethical decision-making, and focused on making the world a better place. It uniquely equips the graduates of the data science masters as leaders in their respective fields. The 11 course, 31 credit curriculum in data science is a rigorous applied program, integrating knowledge from three disciplines—computer science, statistics, and business—helping to fulfill Loyola's vision of becoming a leading national liberal arts university. The broad knowledge and transferable skills coupled with a strong sense of values, ethics, clear communication skills, and high student-faculty engagement, typical of a liberally educated student, are evident in the data science master's program. The program integrates ethics as a fundamental tenet of several courses, reflecting one of the program's primary learning aims, and buttressed by students' participation in practicum experiences where they partner with local businesses, industry, and not-for-profits.
Established in 2003, the Loyola Clinical Centers at Belvedere Square serve as a training and professional development venue for Loyola students, as well as a multidisciplinary center for the greater Baltimore community offering a holistic approach to assessment, treatment, and consultation for clients and their families. The overarching mission of the Loyola Clinical Centers at Belvedere Square is to meet the needs of the local community. Reduced-cost and no-cost services are provided by graduate student trainees under the direct supervision of licensed professionals. The unique collaboration of the Departments of Psychology, Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, and Teacher Education affords a comprehensive evaluation to the Centers' clients, as well as a unique learning environment in the training and professional development of Loyola students. Conveniently located within two miles of the Baltimore Campus, this newest facility affords Loyola students a clinical training and service delivery setting in a professional environment within the Baltimore community that it serves.