What will I learn?

Join our Nationally Recognized, Social Justice Oriented, APA-Approved Program in Counseling Psychology

Earn your doctoral degree and license to practice as a professional psychologist in a program focused on breaking down barriers to equity in health and education.

Our commitment to you

Upon graduation with a PhD in counseling psychology from Loyola, you will possess the following knowledge, skills, and professional values necessary to work as a licensed psychologist, conducting research, teaching, and/or counseling in a variety of settings.


You'll gain discipline-specific knowledge in counseling psychology (including vocational psychology, prevention and outreach, and multicultural and international psychology), the psychological sciences, measurement, research methods, and statistics, as well as foundational knowledge in the history and philosophy of counseling psychology, current professional issues and trends, theories and research on normal human development, and major theories and research in vocational psychology, prevention and outreach, and multicultural and international psychology. Throughout all this, there will be an emphasis on how social injustice affects human functioning.


You will engage in independent scholarship on questions important to counseling psychology, and develop and evaluate interventions to promote positive human development. You'll be equipped to practice as a health service psychologist with competencies in research, ethical and legal standards, individual and cultural diversity, professional values and attitudes, communication and interpersonal skills, assessment, intervention, supervision, consultation and inter-professional/interdisciplinary knowledge and skills.


You'll be educated in the scientist-practitioner model, committed to both research and its practical applications, all with social justice and equality in mind. You will display effective communication and interpersonal skills, as well as professional behaviors, and apply the knowledge base of the discipline in a scientifically-based, theoretically-driven, ethical, and culturally-responsive manner.


Our dedicated Counseling Faculty are experts in their fields who will support students throughout each stage of the program.


Loyola's PhD in counseling psychology has been accredited by the American Psychologist Association (APA) since 1984.


Approved by the American Psychologist Association (APA), Loyola's PhD in counseling psychology requires 69 semester hours of coursework beyond a master's degree (some of which can be transferred), written and oral comprehensive examinations, and a dissertation (with oral defense). Students are also required to develop an area of research expertise by engaging in research with faculty throughout their doctoral study. A 2,000 hour pre-doctoral internship is also required.

Which department am I in?

School of Education

Study options

Full Time (6 years)

Tuition fees
USD $970 per credit hour
Application deadline

1 December 2021

Start date

Expected August 2022


Loyola University Chicago

1032 W. Sheridan Road,



60660, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The Graduate School welcomes applications from international students who have completed a four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited institution or its equivalent.

For international students

Applicants with a master's degree in counseling, psychology or a related field with an undergraduate GPA of at least a 3.0 and a graduate GPA of 3.5 is required for admission into the doctoral program.

English language requirements:

For the TOEFL, a score of at least 213 on the computer-based test or 550 on the written test is required. The minimum score for the new TOEFL IBT (internet-based test) is 79.

For the IELTS, a minimum score of 6.5 is required.


Fall: December 1

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.