CIU is the only Christian university in SC with a CACREP-accredited Masters in Counseling.

The Master of Arts in Counseling program produces well-qualified clinical mental health counselors.


Our Training Model focuses on:

  » The Heart - personal and spiritual development

  » The Head - professional knowledge and research

  » The Hands - effective interpersonal and clinical skill



Cara serves as the Program Coordinator for Richland School District Two Family Intervention Services.


"At CIU I came alive. I graduated feeling really confident in my calling and the gifts God had given me. I went through a full spiritual and emotional transformation."


"I get to go to work every day and help people connect with each other. I consider it an honor to guide them toward healthy relationships and love. Although I work in a secular organization I know I'm sowing seeds for God to use in the future. I can't imagine doing anything else."


Our graduates are working in the following areas:

  • Christian marriage counseling
  • Counseling centers in churches and in private practice
  • Drug and alcohol addiction programs
  • Academia: universities, public and private schools
  • Mental health facilities and hospitals
  • Doctoral studies

Why is CACREP accreditation so important?

  • Graduates from a CACREP-accredited program score above the national average on the NCE.
  • Licensing agencies look for it on the state and national level.
  • Employers consider it the new industry standard.

Masters in Counseling