If you are in Program 1 (without prior Bible and theology course work), you should plan on at least seven semesters of full time study (90 s.h.). If you are in Program 2 (with prior Bible and theology course work), you should plan on at least five semesters of full time study (75 s.h.). You can reduce these requirements further by successfully completing Advanced Standing proficiency tests for which credit will be granted.
You may transfer in up to 49% of the MDiv. degree. If you are in program 1, you may transfer in a maximum of 44 semester hours. If you are in Program 2, you may transfer in a maximum of 35 semester hours. Any transfer courses must be compatible with the CIU-SSM curriculum.
Yes. The M.Div. is the best pre-field program for aspiring pastors because it exposes you to a broad range of disciplines relevant to pastoral ministry.
No. You can pursue the MDiv/Ministry Leadership degree through the AccessClU study track. In AccessClU-SSM, you complete a combination of online and one week intensive courses without relocating to Columbia. The AccessClU-SSM study track allows you to complete the entire MDiv degree while maintaining your regular ministry or employment. If you are in Program 1, studying via AccessClU-SSM will require at least five years of study.
Courses taught during regular semesters normally meet one time per week (including at night), or on four weekends spaced throughout the semester. In addition to courses during the regular semesters, you may also enroll in the intensive courses available to AccessCIU students.
Contact CIU SSM Admissions at (800) 777-2227 ext. 5024.
Yes. The M.Div. degree is a pre-requisite for the Doctor of Ministry, the highest professional degree in the pastoral field. On the other hand, if you anticipate pursuing a Ph.D. program in biblical studies or theology, you should consider our M.Div. (Academic Ministries) or our M.Div. (Bible Exposition). If you have classroom teaching as your vocational goal, the Academic Ministries concentration is especially appropriate for you. Graduates who have pursued both the D.Min. and the Ph.D., have done well in their doctoral work.