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Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy program at CIU is distinctly Christian. Those who earn this degree can specialize in areas of Christian Higher Education Leadership, Christian School Leadership, or Curricular and Instructional Leadership.

Holders of the Ph.D. degree from our College of Education are accomplished learners and leaders ready to put their training in educational theory to work at Christian schools, colleges and universities around the world.

Christian School Leadership

The Doctor of Philosophy (Christian School Leadership) is designed for administrators of Christian K-12th grade schools: headmasters, principals, assistant principals, and other individuals responsible for leadership and management decisions in primary and secondary Christian educational institutions. You’ll develop knowledge and skills in educational leadership, instructional supervision, strategic planning, assessment, spiritual formation, legal issues, and instructional delivery systems.

Curricular & Instructional Leadership

Are you a leader in the K-12th grade or post-secondary education levels? The Doctor of Philosophy (Curricular & Instructional Leadership) is designed for you. 

You’ll develop knowledge and skills in educational leadership, curriculum theory and design, instructional development, curriculum innovation, assessment of instruction, spiritual formation, and methods of instructional delivery.

Opportunities:

Graduates with an Ph.D. in Educational Leadership go on to become:

Christian Higher Education Leadership

Increase your knowledge and skills in faculty development, strategic planning, assessment, spiritual formation, adult education, resource development, and instructional delivery systems with the Doctor of Philosophy (Christian Higher Education Leadership) concentration.

Opportunities:

Graduates with an Ph.D. in Educational Leadership go on to become:

  • Administrators in Christian Higher Education

  • President, Vice-President or Dean of a higher education institution

  • Program Director

  • Enrollment Management

Doctor of Ministry

Our Doctor of Ministry degree is designed to expand your knowledge of the foundations of and current developments in ministry, to deepen understanding of your philosophy of ministry, to enhance your ability to function professionally, to increase your capacity to think and act purposefully in ministry, and to strengthen your spiritual and moral integrity.

Our D.Min. graduates can be found around the globe, going where God leads them in their passion for serving people in all walks of life.

They came to CIU’s Seminary & School of Ministry as experienced pastors, preachers, chaplains, and missionaries. They left with their D.Min. degree, but more importantly, with the enhanced knowledge and skills that equip them for fulfilling careers of knowing Christ and making him known.

Refer to the Academic Catalog for admission requirements, academic information, and degree candidacy.

 

Biblical Literature

Why minor in Biblical Literature at CIU?

If you want to get in-depth training in the content and interpretative approaches to the Bible, the Biblical Literature minor will provide this. You will choose either the Old Testament or New Testament Exegetical Book Study for your course of study along with the History of Bible Interpretation course. The Biblical Literature minor will prepare you to discuss the teaching of individual books in detail.

Your Future

Biblical Hebrew

Why minor in Biblical Hebrew at CIU?

With a minor in Biblical Hebrew, you will study the Old Testament in its original Hebrew language. A Biblical Hebrew minor will prepare you to understand the Old Testament texts against their historical, literary and cultural contexts. Upon successful completion of the courses, you will be able to accurately translate Old Testament Hebrew texts into English and have an intermediate-level understanding of the grammar and syntax of Old Testament Hebrew.

Your Future

Biblical Greek

Why minor in Biblical Greek at CIU?

With a minor in Biblical Greek, you will study the New Testament in its original Greek language. This training will prepare you to understand the New Testament texts against their historical, literary and cultural contexts. The Biblical Greek minor will provide you with an intermediate-level understanding of the grammar and syntax of New Testament Greek.

Your Future

The Biblical Greek minor will prepare you to apply your training in exegesis and Bible translation.

Muslim Studies Certificate

The Muslim Studies Certificate prepares you for effective life and work in Muslim contexts. The required courses will provide you with essential understanding of Muslim beliefs and practices as well as various forms of Christian witness.

Opportunities

The Certificate in Muslim Studies equips you to:

Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects individuals from discrimination based on sex in any educational program or activity operated by recipients of federal financial assistance. Sexual harassment, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.

Columbia International University is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination based on sex and provides resources and services to assist students, faculty and staff in addressing issues involving sex discrimination, including sexual violence.

Sexual violence, sexual harassment, stalking and relationship violence have a profound impact on a victim's academic, social, working, and personal life, and negatively affects victims' friends and families, other students, co-workers, and members of the university community. To combat this complex problem, CIU provides resources and educational programs designed to prevent sexual violence and other acts of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, provide information about what to do when an incident has occurred, and increase awareness of campus and community resources for support and response.

Victims of sexual violence, sexual harassment, stalking, and relationship violence are encouraged to seek support and report the incident. CIU has appointed a Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators to oversee CIU’s response to Title IX complaints, develop training and education programs/materials for faculty, staff and students, as well as monitor the effectiveness of CIU’s Title IX compliance efforts.

If a person believes that a violation has occurred, please report it to the appropriate CIU office listed below. CIU will not tolerate any form of retaliation towards a person reporting a violation.

Title IX Coordinator:

Dr. Jim Lanpher, Office of the Provost, Columbia International University, 7435 Monticello Road, Columbia, SC 29203. (803) 807-5027 e-mail: TitleIXCoordinator@ciu.edu

Title IX Deputy Coordinators:

Employee related compliance matters:

Don Jones, Director of Human Resources, Columbia International University, 7435 Monticello Road, Columbia, SC 29203. (803) 807-5009 e-mail: djones@ciu.edu

Athletics related compliance matters:

Kim Abbott, Athletics Director, Columbia International University, 7435 Monticello Road, Columbia, SC 29203. (803) 807-5009 e-mail: kabbott@ciu.edu

Student and general compliance matters:

Rick Swift, Dean of Student Life, Columbia International University, 7435 Monticello Road, Columbia, SC 29203. (803) 807-5234 e-mail: rswift@ciu.edu

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