M.Div. in Care and Counseling

The M.Div. (Care and Counseling) provides you with a comprehensive range of biblical-theological knowledge and practical skills for ministry leadership along with specialized skills to address emotional and spiritual needs using biblical and counseling resources. It prepares you to serve in a counseling, family life, or shepherding ministry in a church, para-church, or cross-cultural ministry setting.


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
  • Foster healthy relationships among members of the body of Christ
  • Counsel individuals dealing with issues related to grief, loss, crisis, and/or addiction

Review our course requirements and begin the application process.

Career and Ministry Opportunities for Care and Counseling Graduates

Potential ministry opportunities for program graduates include:

  • Pastoral Care Director
  • Director of Family Life
  • Director of Marriage Ministry

M.Div. in Care and Counseling 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)
• A GPA of 2.5 or higher

Degree Program Faculty

Steve 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 (philos


Photo of Michael W. Langston, Professor of Chaplain Ministries at Columbia International University's Columbia Biblical Seminary

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.


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



Andre Rogers, Professor of Church Ministry at CIU

Andre Rogers

Professor of Church Ministry

B.A., D.Min., Columbia International University; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary


Shirl Schiffman

Shirl Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of Ministry Studies

Certificate in Biblical Studies, Columbia International University; B.A., M.S., Ph.D., Florida State University   


On Campus
Credit Hours
Finish in as few as
36 months