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Subject area:    Stress Management  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 is normally required.
                                   Doctorate -  a Bachelor's degree (and preferably a Master's) 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.  


Stress Management

STRESS MANAGEMENT at degree level is an interdisciplinary subject focusing on management of stress, counselling and coaching techniques, psychology and personal growth. It may be studied for personal interest or as a professional development degree for counsellors, therapists, coaches,  trainers, complementary medicine practitioners, “New Age” practitioners, etc.   As a CIU field of study, Stress Management offers the opportunity to combine studies of core stress management techniques together with options in the study of counselling,  psychotherapy, psychology, NLP, self-hypnosis and other electives. A unique study plan will be agreed with each student.

Applicants without professional qualifications should normally have experience of some form of counselling, helping, advice work, mentoring, care work, pastoral work, or similar activities, though this can be voluntary or without professional qualifications.

If they do not have one already, students are urged to acquire a professional certificate or diploma qualification in stress management in addition to the non-UK degree, and advice can be given on suitable qualifications.

This degree major can make use of course units from any of the following fields (and any similar fields):

  • Stress Management, 

  • Personal Development,

  • Counselling,

  • Hypnotherapy,

  • Psychology,

  • CBT,

  • Wellness Studies/ Healing Studies,

  • Emotional Intelligence,

  • Jungian Typology,

  • The Highly Sensitive Person,

  • Psychoneuroimmunology,

  • Meditation,

  • Life Coaching,

  • NLP,

  • Energy Therapies,

  • Organizational Behaviour,

  • Workplace Spirituality,

  • Contemporary Spirituality,

  • Business Management

 (You do NOT have to take units from ALL of these fields). 

Other electives can be taken from different subject areas subject to approval, and the student can also suggest areas of independent special study. 

The first step is to decide what level of degree you are seeking (normally BA or MA). The level of degree depends largely on your previous qualifications and experience.

The CIU Bachelor’s degree in stress management is by distance learning only, and is meant for experienced individuals, e.g. in management, therapy, teaching or another role that involves interaction with people.  It is an accelerated programme similar to second-year or third-year entry to a full-time degree.  The student should have a range of credit already.  This can be from any field and can include university credits, further education, skilled work experience,  etc.  

Other majors: Depending on the work you do, you may wish to register for a degree in a major other than Stress Management which can cover the same spread of subjects.  For example, the degree could be in Personal Development or Holistic Health Studies.

If you are not sure if you have enough credit for an accelerated degree, please send us your full resume or CV so we can advise you further. Other options that could provide a route to a Bachelor’s, if you do not have enough credit now, are:

-  Studying one or more certificate or diploma courses that we can help you select

-  Enrolling on an extended CIU Bachelor’s degree (which will cost more than the accelerated degree, and take longer).

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 as appropriate. 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, completed modules of that programme may be submitted for additional credit.  You will have the opportunity to devise your own personal project. 

Opportunity to achieve a UK Diploma in Stress Management alongside the CIU degree – for the cost of the degree alone

By special arrangement with UK College of Holistic Training – see – we can offer the opportunity for Calamus International University students to achieve the Diploma in Stress Management and Relaxation, awarded in the UK by UK College of Holistic Training, as part of the CIU degree programme. You will therefore gain both a UK award and an overseas degree.  This option is available both at BA and MA levels. 

Higher degrees

The BA in Stress Management can provide access to the CIU MA in Stress Management and also to other related CIU MA degrees provided the student has a suitable background.  It is then possible to go on to certain CIU doctoral degrees – depending again on the student’s background and interests. 

The MA in Stress Management is open to graduates with a Bachelor’s degree in many fields. Certain applicants such as nurses, teachers, social workers, accredited counsellors, etc without a bachelor’s degree may enter the MA directly.

Ph.D. in Stress Management

A PhD 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 course.  If you are a published author in a relevant field, 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. will need taught courses to be completed in addition to the dissertation if enough appropriate postgraduate transfer credit is not available.


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.


If you have any queries please contact us, preferably by email on


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