Master of Arts in Counseling

The 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).

Review our course requirements and begin the application process.



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

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.

Career and Ministry Opportunities for Counseling Graduates

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

Master of Arts in Counseling Admission Requirements

  • Completed application
  • $25 application fee
  • Official transcripts for highest earned degree and any master’s degree work
  • Professional/Professor reference
  • Application Essay (800 words total, typed)
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher

Degree Program Faculty


Glenda Nanna

Clinical Counseling Associate Professor

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


Seth Scott

Associate Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling

B.S., Emmaus Bible College; M.A., Regent University; Ph.D., Walden University



Cathy Warn

Director of Training and Internship

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


Larry R. Wagner

Larry R. Wagner

Professor of Counseling

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


On Campus
Credit Hours
Approx. Program Length
36 months