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Subject area:    Life Coaching Bachelor, Master, Doctorate  


Awarding body:            Calamus International University.  For further details of CIU please see the about page.


Status of course:          The degrees are non-UK qualifications. For status of CIU please see the status page.  CIU is accredited by the International Association for Distance Learning.  


Entry requirements:      Bachelor - by accelerated entry - approx. 50% credit from previous studies and/or experience needed for entry.

                                   Master -  a suitable bachelor's degree or professional qualifications are normally required.
                                   Doctorate -  a Bachelor's degree (and preferably a Master's) plus professional qualifications are normally required.


Method of study:            Distance learning (taught course units are textbook-based) Textbooks are not included in tuition fees. 


Start date:                        Any time of year (subject to availability)


Duration:                         The standard period of registration for an accelerated (advanced-entry) Bachelor's degree, a Master's degree or a Doctorate is a maximum of 18 months, after which registration lapses unless continuing registration fees are paid.  This plan ensures that students can (a) complete as soon as academic requirements are fulfilled and (b) do not have to pay for long compulsory registration periods of several years before the final requirements can be met.  In some cases, where the student needs to meet additional requirements, the agreed initial registration period will be up to 24 months.




This brochure should be read together with the Calamus general prospectus (catalogue) and Course Unit List.  Calamus International University degrees are not UK degrees and do not have government accreditation.  



Life Coaching - non-UK Distance Degrees


Life and personal coaching is a subject which draws from a number of different disciplines, such as counselling, psychotherapy, developmental psychology, management, education, personal development, careers work, wellness and stress management, plus insights and techniques from  helping approaches such as hypnotherapy, NLP and Emotional Freedom Techniques.


Core units are available in various coaching models and approaches such as Attraction, Coactive, NLP and EFT Coaching and there are units available on life, personal, business, performance and executive coaching, Clean Language, the transition from therapist to coach, counselling skills, coaching niches and more. These core units, like most CIU units, are mainly txtbook-based and students will need to acquire their own textbooks.


A degree programme in life coaching will expand your awareness much further than the limited models taught by some coach training institutes and help you discover your own style instead of following template-based approaches.  You might even discover how little you were taught!  If, like many coaches, you do not have a degree (or Master’s), such a qualification could be a positive addition to your profile.


The first step is to decide what level and title of degree you are seeking. The level of degree depends largely on your previous qualifications. The title of the degree depends on your professional needs and preferences.


The following coaching-related degrees are available:

  • BA Change Agent Studies

  • BA Life Coaching

  • MA Change Agent Studies

  • MA Life Coaching

You may also apply for the following:

  • Psy.D. with a concentration in coaching and related subjects

  • M.Phil or Ph.D. in Coaching by research and thesis

  • BA or MA in Counselling and Coaching (or Coaching and Counselling) if you have particular experience, training or interest in counselling

  • BA or MA in Personal Development

 Coaching units can be taken as part of taught degrees in the following subjects:

  • Psychology

  • Counselling Psychology

  • Business Administration

  • Organisational Spirituality

  • Hypnotherapy

  • Stress Management

  • Personal Development

  • Wellness Studies

  • Occupational Stress Management

  • Contemporary Spirituality

The exact programme of study will negotiated between the personal tutor and the student after enrolment, depending on amount and type of transfer credit, interests and professional needs. Credit transfer will be given for most coaching trainings and other professional continuing education. The coaching units listed in our list of course units will be used to build a schedule of core studies according to the student’s requirements. Other units specifically in coaching may be made available and the student may express a preference for particular textbooks or specialist fields. The student may also select content-rich internet sites of his or her choice, subject to approval, on which course units may be based. If the student is in an ongoing practical training programme with another institution, completed modules of that programme may be submitted for additional credit.  You will have the opportunity to devise your own personal project.  Last but not least, units may be drawn from any related field and there will be much relevant material in our course listings for psychology, management, personal development, counselling, etc.


Incorporating a Coaching certificate into a degree


The BA in Life Coaching is primarily for people who are already qualified and practising as life coaches.   However it is possible by arrangement to do an external life coaching qualification with another provider and gain credit towards the CIU degree.


Alternatively, if you already have relevant experience, it is possible to incorporate the Calamus International University Accelerated Certificate in Life Coaching into a degree programme for the cost of the degree alone. 


The accelerated BA


The CIU BA is normally an accelerated degree for  students with some further or higher education and/or training who have at least 50% credit towards a degree. This credit can come from most types of education plus skilled work experience, etc. The accelerated BA can be completed within 18 months. If  you do not have enough credit, or prefer a full BA, this will take longer (typically 3 years part-time) and will cost more. A full BA syllabus will be designed for you incorporating such topics as psychology, counselling skills, stress management, organizational behaviour, and personal development.


The Calamus International University programmes provide a flexible path towards the degree of your choice, with the emphasis on your personal preferences so that the degree can be tailored as closely as possible to your interests and goals.


The M.A. degree is normally for holders of a Bachelor's degree but in certain cases where professional qualifications are held, direct entry to an M.A. may be considered. The MA requires 45 credits or 15 x 3-credit course units or equivalent, and the usual completion time is 15- 18 months.


Ph.D. in Life Coaching by Research and Dissertation

A Ph.D. by research and dissertation is available; however this degree demands sound academic writing and research skills and those without such skills may be asked to take a special preparatory course.  If you are a published author in the field of Personal Development, it could be possible to use ongoing research for your next project as the basis of a Ph.D, subject to approval. The Ph.D. requires a minimum of 60 credits and in addition to the dissertation, some taught CIU course units may be taken or else credit transferred from previous courses/trainings at an appropriate level.

Textbooks and coursework

The tuition fees do not include textbooks. Students normally buy their books from on-line bookstores such as Amazon.  Second-hand copies of textbooks can often be found via Amazon or or  It is impossible to indicate the cost of books as prices vary and fluctuate all the time.  Each course unit will typically require one course textbook.  The typical MA or accelerated BA degree programme will require between 15 and 20 books.  

After enrolment a questionnaire is issued to help the student and the college to co-design an individualised study plan.  At this point a choice of course units is made and the student is given details of the appropriate books.

Most units are completed using written work based on the textbooks and other set exercises, and written work may be emailed to the college for assessment.

The programmes work on the basis of continuous assessment and there is no final examination. The programmes are totally by distance learning and there is no attendance requirement of any kind at any time.

Life Coaching Accelerated Certificate

Click this link for our separate page on the Life Coaching certificate Course.


Credit requirements


Bachelor -  120 credits including transfer credits.

Master -  45 credits including any transfer credits if the degree includes a thesis, or 48 credits without a thesis.

Doctorate (taught or research) - minimum 60 credits including any transfer credits if the degree includes a dissertation, or 70 credits without a dissertation.  The Ph.D. must include a dissertation.  A research doctorate will normally incorporate postgraduate transfer credits or credits from professional trainings.  If insufficient transfer credit is available then some CIU taught course modules may need to be taken in addition to the research programme and dissertation.


One credit is nominally equivalent to one semester hour as in the typical American degree programme. The average course unit taken with CIU has a value of 3 credits or 3 semester hours.



Further advice


This brochure cannot cover everything, and further advice is available on enquiry. For best advice, please send us a copy of your curriculum vitae or resume with details of all relevant trainings you have done.

To see our prospectus and course unit list, and also to download an application form, please go to our downloads page

To see our tuition fees on-line please go to our tuition fees page

Calamus International University which awards the degrees is not a UK or US university - for status details click here.

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