The D.Min. (Global Studies) is designed for those with significant experience in cross-cultural ministry. This degree builds on your previous studies and ministry experiences in order to attain higher levels of competency. It advances your knowledge of the foundations of and current developments in missions, deepens your understanding of God’s purposes, acknowledges personal calling and purpose in God’s mission, improves your skills for achieving assigned responsibilities, and develops your personal and moral integrity.
The D.Min. (Chaplaincy) is designed for those individuals with significant experience in one or more of the eight functional areas of chaplain ministry. This concentration advances your knowledge of current developments in chaplaincy, deepens your understanding of God’s call on your life, and enables you to attain higher levels of ministry competence. If you are serving in the armed forces, you may transfer in up to 6 semester hours from your chaplaincy training.
This program will equip you to:
The D.Min. (Member Care) equips professionals who have demonstrated skill in providing ministerial and/or therapeutic care for missionaries. This degree uses multi-disciplinary training tools to equip you as a Mission Support Services Specialist serving in an organizational setting or as a Clinical Counseling Specialist (requires licensure) focusing on clinical needs of missionaries in the global arena.
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This program will equip you to:
The D.Min. (Ministry Leadership) develops your knowledge, theoretical clarity, and competence in ministry through lifelong learning in leadership. It is a popular option for pastors, church staff and para-church workers.
The CIU TraveLearn program prepares you to share Christ with the world. Students who study abroad can expect to forge lasting friendships, gain global perspective and — best of all — deepen their ability to make an impact for Christ.
Sharing and experiencing God’s love while immersed in another culture can be a life-changing experience. Individual credit-bearing courses are offered by some majors and are designed to teach you how to plan and conduct short-term mission trips.
These credit-bearing courses expose you to the sights, sounds and practices of other cultures. Examples include the Western Man Study Tour to Europe that includes cultural and historical instruction, and a study tour in Israel in conjunction with Jerusalem University College.
CIU partners with the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities to offer the Best Semester off-campus study programs. Students choosing Best Semester have traveled to Australia, Costa Rica, Uganda and more — returning with fresh knowledge and keen insights about the world around us.
Talk to your academic advisor to explore the possibilities of internships and study abroad programs.
With a minor in Chaplaincy, you’ll learn to be the presence of Christ among people who need pastoral counsel in institutional and organizational settings. This comes with developing a basic understanding of church ministry and administration, pastoral care, world religions, ethics, leadership, and spiritual concerns. You’ll also build foundational leadership skills needed to lead, influence, and model what it means to be a Christian leader in the world today.
You'll make an impact in one of eight primary areas of chaplaincy:
Corporate chaplains are comforters, pastors, teachers, and counselors demonstrating God’s grace and love at manufacturing plants, recreation areas, business offices, corporation headquarters, and in community settings.
Military chaplains provide military personnel and their families with religious programs, pastoral care and counseling. They also advise military commanders on the tenants and practices of religions and their impact on a culture.
Healthcare chaplains serve in an environment of sickness, pain, birth and death, ministering to the mind, body, and spirit of those in need.
Public Safety Chaplaincy
Public safety chaplains demonstrate God’s grace and love to law enforcement, fire department and emergency services personnel, as well as the public, often in traumatic situations.
Institutional chaplains bring the presence of God to a variety of organizations and situations from prisons to airport chapels to roadside ministries for truckers.
Sports chaplains minister to professional athletes and their families as well as provide pastoral care to the executives and employees of sports organizations.
Educational chaplains respond to the spiritual needs of teachers, administrators and support staff at all levels, from elementary school to higher education.
Disaster Relief Chaplaincy
Disaster relief chaplains are often members of denominational disaster relief teams, mobilized to respond to local, state and national emergencies and crises.
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Why study Advanced Biblical & Theological Studies at CIU?
The Advanced Biblical & Theological Studies program at CIU allows you to complete both a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Divinity degree in five years. If you are sure of your calling to serve as a pastor, this five-year integrated program will prepare you for that role.
You will spend the first two years completing the standard undergraduate core courses. The third year, you’ll begin courses in your Advanced Biblical and Theological Studies major.
Columbia International University Athletics Director Kim Abbott has been recognized for her Christian character by the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). Abbott was awarded the Game Plan 4 LIFE Female Athletic Staff Character Award at the NCCAA Hall of Fame Banquet held during the NCCAA’s national convention in May. CIU is a member of the NCCAA.
I began my college career by attending The Citadel before transferred to Columbia International University (then called Columbia Bible College). In the summer of 1950, my brother Burt and I became student pastors in Savannah, Georgia. During our time there the Lord blessed our efforts and the church more than doubled in size.