Master of Arts in Care and Counseling


The M.A. in Care and Counseling provides you with specialized knowledge and skills to address emotional and spiritual needs using biblical and counseling resources. It prepares you to teach, train, and counsel people in a variety of communities and cultures and to help people understand their situation from God’s perspective.


This program will equip you to:

  • Apply Scriptural principles for spiritual and emotional health in multi-cultural settings
  • Use theologically-based counseling skills in discipleship ministry
  • Care for the emotional and spiritual needs of others


Potential ministry opportunities for program graduates include:

  • Serving as a member of a church staff
  • Serving as a member of a pastoral care team
  • Serving as a member of a family life team
  • Providing support services for a missionary team or agency
  • Providing  training and counseling services in a cross-cultural  setting

Review our course requirements and begin the application process.

Featured Faculty: 
Steven A. Johnson
Assistant Professor of Ministry Care

B.A., Indiana University (chemistry & psychology); M.S., Indiana University (philosophy); M.A., Christian Theological Seminary (marriage & family therapy); Ph.D., Indiana University (philosophy); ScD, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania (evidence-based psychotherapy)

A photo of Michael Langston, professor of Chaplain Ministries at CIU. Michael W. Langston
Professor of Chaplain Ministries

B.S., University of Louisiana; M.A., The Naval War College; M.Div., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; D. Min., Bethel Theological Seminary 

A photo of Rhonda Pruitt, a professor at CIU. Rhonda Pruitt
Professor of Missionary Care
B.S., Holmes College of the Bible; M.A.C.E., Columbia International University; M.Ed., Regent University