School Counseling MEd

About the MEd in School Counseling at Loyola

Disrupt inequities in our educational system and lift up underserved and disenfranchised populations with the MEd in School Counseling at Loyola University Chicago. Our Master of Education in School Counseling will help you achieve your goal of practicing counseling in elementary or secondary schools.

Loyola's school counseling master's meets Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) curricular standards for school counseling training programs. By completing the MEd in School Counseling, you will qualify to apply for a School Counseling Professional Educator License (PEL) in Illinois.

Program Structure

The MEd in School 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.

Completion of the school counseling master's requires 48 semester hours, 700 clock hours of practicum/internship experience, and a comprehensive examination.

Why Choose Loyola for an MEd in School Counseling?

Gain skills to help the underserved

If you want to help underserved communities living with disparities in health and well-being, the MEd in School Counseling is for you. You will be able to apply what you learn through the program in an ethical, reflective, and culturally responsive way.

Through a master's of education in school counseling that was designed to meet ISBE curricular standards for school counseling, you will be positioned to apply for a School Counseling Professional Education License (PEL).

Benefit from a school counseling master's with mentored research opportunities in faculty labs dedicated to social justice-focused research, including racism, achievement gaps, immigration, and microaggressions.

Due to our location you will have easy access to practicums/internships in Chicago public and private schools. These clinical training opportunities not only give you valuable hands-on experience but can also lead to your next school counseling job.

You will learn from dedicated Loyola University Chicago's counseling faculty who are experts in their fields. They also will be there to mentor, guide, and support you throughout each stage of the MEd in School Counseling.

Take classes full time and complete the MEd in School Counseling in just two years or take up to five years through part-time study. You have the flexibility to choose the option that best fits your schedule and your life.

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 School Counseling MEd program.


Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the School 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 School 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 School Counseling MEd totals $49200.00, or 48 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 School 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 School Counseling MEd include:

  • Official Transcripts

  • 2 Letters of Recommendation

  • 3.0 Minimum GPA

  • 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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