Purpose and Objectives:
The MA in Human Services Counseling prepares graduates to integrate biblical-theological, psychological, and counseling insights and apply them to a variety of non-licensure work activities and settings. It provides graduate-level knowledge and skills in human behavior that promote the spiritual and emotional well-being of those whom they serve. This degree does not prepare graduates to work as licensed professional counselors.
The objectives of the MA in Human Services Counseling degree will enable students to:
- Integrate biblical-theological concepts and principles with psychological theories and counseling methods.
- Identify and address common life-adjustment issues in an ethical and culturally-sensitive manner.
- Apply counseling skills in specialized non-clinical settings.
- A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
- A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
- Students whose GPA falls between 2.8 and 3.0 may be considered for admission on a probationary basis if they submit their requests in writing accompanied by appropriate rationale. Their applications will be reviewed and evaluated by the SSM Admissions Review Committee on a case-by-case basis.
- An online interview. ***Requirement removed 6/1/2019***
Residency and Transfer Policies:
The program is non-residential, and students are not required to study in residence. All courses are delivered online. A student may transfer in up to 24 hours, if he/she can demonstrate completion of equivalent courses from an accredited program.
The time limit for completing the program is ten years, dating from the student’s first course. The program is designed so that students should be able to complete their degree in two years of full-time study.
- Successful completion of all courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher with no grade lower than C.
- Affirmation of the CIU doctrinal statement.