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 Student
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.
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 Graduates
Human 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 Requirements
This 36 credit hour program can take up to 2 years.
Course of Study
36 credit hrs
Biblical-Theological Foundation 9
|9 credit hrs|
|BIB 5410||Hermeneutics||3 credit hrs|
|ICS 6024||Understanding Cultures and Worldviews||3 credit hrs|
|THE 6320||Systematic Theology in Global Christianity 2||3 credit hrs|
|15 credit hrs|
|CNC 6400||Care and Counseling Techniques||3 credit hrs|
|CNC 6540||Group Care and Counseling||3 credit hrs|
|CNC 6711||Psychopathology for Ministry Contexts||3 credit hrs|
|CNS 5310||Counseling Theory||3 credit hrs|
|CNS 5300||Foundations of Growth and Development||3 credit hrs|
|12 credit hrs|
|CNC 6411||Sexuality Counseling||3 credit hrs|
|CNS 5342||Foundations of Marriage and Family Counseling||3 credit hrs|
|CNS 6820||Family Systems Theory||3 credit hrs|
|CNS 6821||Family Counseling||3 credit hrs|
- 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.