CACREP logoThe Master of Arts in Counseling (M.A. in Counseling) program is designed to facilitate the growth of Christian students into well-qualified, healthy clinical mental health counselors. The training model focuses on the heart (personal and spiritual development), the head (professional knowledge and research), and the hands (effective interpersonal and clinical skills).

CIU is the only Christian university in South Carolina with a CACREP-accredited master's degree program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

CACREP Outcomes

Review our course requirements and begin the application process.

NBCC logoColumbia International University – College of Counseling has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 4556. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. CIU – College of Counseling is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.



  • 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
Featured Faculty: 
Bryan Bolte, counseling professor at CIU Mark Bolte
Counseling Professor

B.A., Tennessee Temple University; M.S., Loyola College; Psy.D., Florida Tech

Glenda Nanna
Adjunct Counseling Professor

B.S., Wayland Baptist University, M..A., Columbia International University; SC Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor

Larry R. Wagner Larry R. Wagner
Professor of Counseling

B.A., Wheaton College; M.Ed., George Mason University; Ph.D., Texas A&M

CWarn Cathy Warn
Director of Training and Internship

B.A., Montreat College; M.A., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

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 3.0 or higher