2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
    Mar 29, 2023  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVE]

Mission Care and Counseling Postgraduate Certificate

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Purpose and Objectives:

The Postgraduate Certificate in Missionary Care and Counseling provides students with specialized knowledge and skills to address the spiritual and emotional needs of individuals and families who are engaged in cross-cultural ministry.

The objectives of the Postgraduate Certificate in Missionary Care and Counseling will enable students to:

  • Understand cross-cultural living and its impact upon individuals and families.
  • Assess and diagnose the mental status of missionaries in relation to enculturation dynamics.
  • Identify an effective treatment plan to establish emotional and life balance.

Admission Requirements:

  • Online application
  • Application fee
  • Affirm to be a Christian and agree with CIU’s Doctrinal Standard
  • Official transcript for highest earned degree and any master’s level credits earned
    • A minimum 3.0 GPA for the most recent degree obtained.
      • A minimum graduate-level 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 a request in writing accompanied by appropriate rationale.
    • Completion of a graduate-level theological degree (M.A. or M.Div.) from an accredited institution.
  • Essay (800 words total)

Note: Current CBS students who have completed at least one-half of their master’s degree may apply by filling out the “Add a Program” section on the “Graduate-Level Record Change” form prior to graduation in order to be considered for admission.

Time Limitation

The expected time limit for completing all the requirements for the Postgraduate Certificate MA in Mission Care and Counseling is three years, measured from the date a student begins coursework in the certificate. Students may request that courses completed outside the expected limit be reviewed by the dean’s office on a case-by-case basis.

Completion Requirements

Students must satisfy the following requirements in order to graduate:

  • Complete all required hours of specified coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.5 and no grade lower than a “C.”
  • Affirm CIU’s doctrinal statement.

Note for students pursuing a degree and certificate concurrently: Courses within this certificate may not be applied to meet degree requirements, nor may courses used to meet degree requirements be applied to meet certificate requirements. The total required hours for both the degree and the certificate must be met independently.


This Certificate Program is not eligible for federal Title IV financial aid funds – i.e. Federal Direct Loans. Students who are interested in exploring other financial aid options should contact the Financial Aid Office.

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