Purpose and Objectives:
The MA in Care and 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 Care and 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.
- 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 with a minimum GPA of 2.5 for the most recent degree earned
- Essay (800 words total)
- Church Leader Reference
Students may receive transfer credit for a maximum of two-thirds of the MA in Care and Counseling degree, subject to the provisions of CIU’s Transfer Credit Policy.
Dual Degree Credit
Students may apply credit from a previously completed graduate degree for a maximum of two-thirds of the MA in Care and Counseling degree. Students must satisfy all requirements for both degrees, including the integrative exercise or internship experience of each degree.
The expected time limit for completing all the requirements for the MA in Care and Counseling degree is seven years, measured from the date a student begins coursework in the degree. Students may request that courses completed outside the expected limit be reviewed by the dean’s office on a case-by-case basis.
Students must satisfy the following requirements in order to graduate:
- Complete all required hours of specified coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.5.
- Complete the integrative exercise or internship experience of the MA in Care and Counseling degree.
- Affirm CIU’s doctrinal statement.