Master of Arts in Applied Psychology

Required Courses for Clinical-Counseling Psychology (60 credit hours total)

PROFESSIONAL ORIENTATION
& ETHICAL PRACTICE:

  • Social & Cultural Diversity
  • Human Growth &
  • Development Career Development
  • Helping Relationships
  • Group Work
  • Assessment
  • Research & Program Evaluation
  • Diagnosis & Treatment Planning
  • Psychopathology Techniques of Counseling &
  • Psychotherapy Physiological Psychology
  • Addictions
  • Practicum
  • Supervised Clinical Internship I
  • Supervised Clinical Internship II

REGULARLY OFFERED ELECTIVES:

  • Child Psychology
  • Marriage & Family Counseling
  • Individual Mental Measurements
  • Adulthood & Aging
  • Human Sexuality
  • Consultation
  • Special Topics
(Clinical-Counseling Psychology)

OUR PROGRAM
The Loras College Clinical-Counseling track is specifically designed for individuals who plan to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) after completion of the program.

UNIQUE FEATURES
There are several unique features tailored to meet the needs of working professionals or new graduate students.
  • The Clinical-Counseling program is designed to allow the student to fulfill the current course requirements for the State of Iowa’s Mental Health Counselor license.
  • Students are supervised by a LMHC professional during internship placement.
  • Loras graduate faculty has an extensive network of field placements where students can meet both program and state requirements for practica and internship.
  • Curriculum is designed to enhance the professional competencies and involvement of people already engaged in an applied field of psychology.
  • Program provides educational and field experiences for those wishing to change their occupation to an area of applied psychology.
  • We provide master’s level education for those students wishing to pursue doctoral education.
BENEFITS
Students who become licensed mental health counselors work in a wide range of mental health service organizations such as Lutheran Services of Iowa, Catholic Charities, the Hillcrest Center for Community Mental Health, Hillcrest Residential Treatment Center and other tri-state social service organizations.
  • Professional networking opportunities available at state and regional conferences/workshops.
  • Faculty are practicing professionals who bring real-world experience to their teaching.
FLEXIBLE & CONVENIENT
Graduate students are busy, often times juggling work and family life at the same time. Our program is set up with your hectic schedule in mind.
  • Most students take a minimum of three to four years to complete all the requirements for the clinical master’s degree.
  • Students typically take two or three classes a semester; however, you can go at your own pace.
  • Select the First Course Option for quicker access to specifically designated courses.
  • Classes start at 4 p.m. or later during the week which helps students maintain full-time jobs while working toward their degree
REPUTATION OF EXCELLENCE
Loras has offered a master’s degree to train mental health counselors for the last 30 years. Our programs are fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
Q. Will the program accept graduate transfer credit?
A. You can transfer a maximum of 12 credits into the program. The courses
must be similar in content to coursework offered at Loras and approved by
the Program Director.

Q. Can you be licensed to practice with the clinical psychology master’s degree?
A. A master’s degree will allow a student to apply to become a Licensed Mental
Health Counselor (LMHC). Only the State of Iowa can grant this license and
they require specific coursework and practica in order to do that.

Q. Where do students typically complete field hours?
A. Students complete field hours in a multitude of different agencies and
organizations locally and regionally – for example: Area Education Agency
(Keystone), Boys & Girls Club of Dubuque, Catholic Charities, Department of
Human Services and Hillcrest Family Services.

Q. What is the cost of the program?
A. $590 per credit hour.

Q. How do I apply for the Master’s in Applied Psychology at Loras College?
A. Apply online, or contact Michael Friend, Graduate/Transfer Recruitment Coordinator at michael.friend@loras.edu.

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