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Lincoln Christian University Transfer Students


Eastern Illinois University (EIU) is ready to assist graduate students at Lincoln Christian University (LCU). Eastern Illinois University is a comparable school with a similar program and location. EIU is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, is approved for Federal Financial Aid, and can accept non-immigrant foreign students. The Department of Counseling and Higher Education (CHE) at EIU offers an MS in Counseling with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling that is comparable to the MA in Counseling at LCU.


Application Fee Waiver

The Graduate School has waived the $30 application fee for all LCU applicants.


The graduate school has waived the residency requirement for LCU applicants.

Transfer Credits

The Department of Counseling and Higher Education (CHE) will accept all credits granted by LCU and all credits accepted in transfer by LCU. Each course will be individually reviewed and substitutions for required courses will be allowed. These credits will go towards an equal or comparable degree of M.S. in Counseling at Eastern Illinois University.

Transitioning from LCU to EIU

EIU will provide multiple resources to make the transition as smooth as possible. To support LCU students, EIU will provide admissions, advising, academic success, and financial aid information. Each LCU student will be granted an academic advisor to assist the student through their transition and develop a plan for degree completion. EIU intends to make every effort needed to ensure degree completion and success to each LCU student transferring to EIU.

Why Choose EIU

Eastern Illinois University's MS in Counseling with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a two year - 60 credit hour program. This program has a 15:1 student to faculty ratio in the classroom allowing students to be seen, heard, and valued by their faculty. Students are typically enrolled in four classes per semester with their cohort. Students take the National Counseling Examination (NCE) during the second year of their program, qualifying for them to receive their LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) upon graduating.


Our M.S. in Counseling Program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP). This means that our program have been evaluated and is recognized as meeting the quality and standards set by the profession. This assures the student that the program can prepare them with the appropriate knowledge and skills to be effective in the counseling profession.

Paul Ward Scholarship

Professor Paul Ward left a generous endowment to the Department of Counseling and Higher Education which allows us to offer all newly admitted full-time students in the counseling program a scholarship ranging from $2000-$4000 for their first year. 


100% of students who graduated in the Spring 2023 semester received placement in the field or a doctoral program.

Practicum and internships placements begin in the second semester of coursework. These practical experiences combine coursework with field experience
conducted in a setting as similar as possible to that in which you will be seeking employment. The nature of this experience should be very much like that of a regular counseling position, but with intensive supervision both on-site and on-campus. Practicum and internship sites and supervisors play a pivotal role in helping you begin the transition into your professional identity. Students of the MS in Counseling program at EIU graduate with 1,000 hours of practical experience. 


Within a cohort model, everyone ends the program with the same group of people they started the program with. The cohort model allows you to take classes together and build strong bonds with your peers. It has been seen that the support of the cohort are an important part of the successful completion of the program. Furthermore, these bonds and relationships last beyond the completion of the program.

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Ready to be admitted?

The admission process for LCU students who are participating in the LCU teach-out is different from our regular admission process, since all eligible students are admitted. However, we must get some basic information from you including your LCU transcripts so that we can get you into our system. Please follow these steps:

  1. Go to the link below
  2. Create an account
  3. Select non-degree when asked to choose a major
  4. Then let us know that you have completed this process by sending an email to with the subject line LCU teachout. We will code you as LCU on the back end, and transfer you to clinical counseling. If you an international applicant, there are a few other processes needed to transfer your SEVIS to EIU. You will be contacted by the Office of International Students and Scholars.



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Counseling and Higher Education

Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-2400

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