Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling

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.What You'll Learn as a Human Services Counseling StudentThe 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.
Why Earn a Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling at CIU?
  • Intentional integration of biblical-theological foundations.
  • Intentional integration of cultural context considerations.
  • Intentional mix of theory and techniques.
  • Online modality allows you to pursue your degree without relocating.
  • Time- and cost-efficient.
  • Accredited regionally by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and nationally by the Associate of Biblical Higher Education.
Career and Ministry Opportunities for Human Services Counseling GraduatesHuman Services Counseling students come from all professions and walks of life, seeking to become more effective in ministering to others. Graduates of the degree can go on to be more effective in roles such as
  • Behavioral Health Assistant
  • Peer Support Specialist
  • Crisis Intervention Advocate
  • School Guidance Counselor
  • Mission Care Specialist
  • Grief Support Specialist
  • Small Group Ministry Coordinator
  • Children and Family Ministries Coordinator
  • Family Services Specialist
  • Resident Care Coordinator
  • Shelter Care Coordinator
Human Services Counseling Course RequirementsCourse of Study36 credit hrsBiblical-Theological Foundation 99 credit hrs BIB 5410 Hermeneutics3 credit hrs ICS 6024 Understanding Cultures and Worldviews3 credit hrs THE 6320 Systematic Theology in Global Christianity 23 credit hrsCounseling Core15 credit hrs CNC 6400  Care and Counseling Techniques3 credit hrs CNC 6540  Group Care and Counseling3 credit hrs CNC 6711  Psychopathology for Ministry Contexts3 credit hrs CNS 5310  Counseling Theory3 credit hrs CNS 5300 Foundations of Growth and Development3 credit hrsConcentration12 credit hrs CNC 6411Sexuality Counseling3 credit hrs CNS 5342Foundations of Marriage and Family Counseling3 credit hrs CNS 6820Family Systems Theory3 credit hrs CNS 6821Family Counseling3 credit hrs Admission Requirements
  • Completed application
  • $25 application fee
  • Official transcripts for highest earned degree and any master’s degree work
  • Church leader reference
  • Application Essay (800 words total, typed)
  • Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA**
**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.