Community Counseling MEd

About the MEd in Community Counseling at Loyola

From inaccessibility to high-quality mental health services to discrimination, racial/ethnic, gender, and sexual minorities often suffer from poor mental health outcomes. With the MEd in Community Counseling at Loyola University Chicago, you can work to disrupt the status quo and eliminate mental health disparities.

This counseling master's degree at Loyola is led by a diverse, dedicated faculty who are nationally recognized experts in social justice. They will work with you and prepare you to confront racism, achievement gaps, and other discrimination that lead to systemic inequities.

Program Structure

The MEd in Community Counseling can be pursued full time or part time. Classes are held weekday evenings at Loyola's Water Tower Campus, conveniently located off the Red Line in the heart of Chicago, and the majority of the courses are also offered online.

This counseling master's degree is a 60-semester-hour program focused in two major areas: Clinical Mental Health or Research. This includes 700 clock hours of practicum and internship experience. You must also take and pass a comprehensive examination during your final semester of study.

Why Choose Loyola for the MEd in Community Counseling?

Experiential learning opportunities

With Chicago as your classroom, you will have firsthand experiential learning opportunities at community mental health agencies and level-one trauma centers, researching action-oriented projects that make an immediate impact on the community.

The MEd in Community Counseling program is approved by the state of Illinois as a professional counselor training program. Upon graduation, you will be eligible to sit for the state examination as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) after receiving two years of post-degree supervised counseling experience and a passing score on the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE).

You will have opportunities to work alongside and collaborate with Loyola faculty in their active research labs, examining pressing social issues. You will also have opportunities to conduct your own research and apply your findings in practice.

While pursuing your community counseling degree, you will learn from dedicated Loyola counseling faculty who are experts in their fields. They will be there to support you at every stage of the MEd in Community Counseling degree program.

By taking courses on a full-time basis, you can finish the community counseling degree at Loyola in two years. If you prefer to pursue your MEd in Community Counseling on a part-time basis, you can finish in as little as three years or take up to five years.

The community counseling degree at Loyola will prepare you to be a culturally sensitive practitioner committed to social justice and being a change agent through community counseling jobs. You will also be competitive for admission into doctoral programs in counseling psychology, counselor education, and related mental health fields.

Meet the Faculty

Loyola is proud to have talented and nationally-recognized scholar-teachers as part of our diverse community of exceptional faculty, students and staff. Loyola faculty are known for their commitment to teaching, the dissemination of knowledge through innovative and interdisciplinary scholarly research, and a commitment to social justice and cura personalis, or care for the whole person. Visit the School of Education faculty and staff directory to learn more about the teachers and mentors involved with the Community Counseling MEd program.


Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the Community Counseling MEd program may vary from semester to semester, Loyola’s extensive Academic Catalog will always house the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies, degree requirements, and specialization or concentration options.

Additionally, this resource will provide Community Counseling MEd learning outcomes, showcasing the commitment to specific skills and growth graduates can expect to achieve following completion of the program.

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Costs, Scholarships, and Aid

Loyola University Chicago is committed to making your graduate and professional studies a reality. Our Cost & Financial Aid page can help better inform you about the costs and potential funding opportunities through scholarships, loans, and aid for graduate and professional education.

If you are a current Loyola undergraduate or recent alum, you may be eligible for a Returning Rambler discount. Learn more and see if you qualify on our Returning Rambler Scholarship page.

Tuition and Costs

The estimated tuition and fees for the Community Counseling MEd totals $61500.00, or 60 credit hours at a cost of $1,025.00 per credit hour. Please note that tuition and fees for all of Loyola's academic programs are subject to change.

For more detailed information about tuition and fees, and a breakdown of how these costs are calculated on a yearly basis, please visit Tuition and Fees from the Office of the Bursar.

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More information about financial aid opportunities can be found on the Financial Aid Office website.

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Application Process

Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Community Counseling MEd are listed below. Please keep in mind that both the application and the required materials must be submitted by the specified deadline.

Fall: January 1

Please note that applications are not reviewed until the deadline passes, and decisions are typically made mid February.

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Community Counseling MEd include:

  • Official Transcripts

  • 2 Letters of Recommendation

  • 3.0 Minimum GPA

  • Resume/CV

  • Statement of Purpose

Statement of Purpose Details

Your statement should be 1-3 pages and describe your academic and research interests, professional goals, and life experiences that have influenced your view of social justice.

Official Documents

Official transcripts are those that are sent directly by the college/university to Loyola University Chicago. Transcripts sent by the student to Loyola are considered unofficial documents, and while they may be utilized for initial review of your application, official transcripts are still required. Official documents should be sent by the institution to

International Applicant Requirements

An official English language proficiency exam is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. If you have non-U.S. educational credentials, you are required to submit an official transcript evaluation. The transcript evaluation cannot be waived.

Please visit our International Applicant Requirements page for specific information regarding the application process for international students.

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