A Time for Joy & Tears

May 19, 2015

May Commencement at CIU

A Time for Joy, a Time for Tears

By Melissa McCutchan

For nearly 200 Columbia International University graduates, May 16 was a day for celebration and bittersweet goodbyes.  As graduates crossed the stage in Shortess Chapel, they celebrated both the fruit of their hard work, and many said goodbye to the friends and professors who had made CIU feel like home.

Meet Coach Marshall Tague

May 18, 2015

A coach who led his team to a national championship this season will now head the men's basketball program at Columbia International University. 

Marshall Tague (pronounced: TAYG) comes to CIU from Lancaster Bible College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he coached the Chargers to the 2015 National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), Division 2 National Championship, ending the regular season with a 28-3 record.

Graduate & Seminary Programs

Selecting a Program

Columbia International University is ready to prepare you for ministry in churches, classrooms, foreign countries, counseling settings and other places God leads you to serve.

CIU offers graduate programs focused on launching or advancing careers in education, counseling, missionary and other pastoral fields.

Programs in CIU Seminary & School of Ministry stress spiritual formation based on Christian virtues, academic excellence with the Bible at the core, and vocational effectiveness with a ministry skills foundation.

The 38 postgraduate options range from a certificate in Muslim studies to a master’s degree in chaplaincy, to doctorates in areas as diverse as global studies and ministering to missionaries.

Whether pursuing theological or professional certifications and degrees, upper-level students at CIU are immersed in self-development that focuses on greater knowledge of Christ and in sharing His message with the world.

Life After CIU

Your time at CIU never truly ends. Our students leave as a member of a tight-knit community of more than 18,000 alumni.

The transition from campus life can seem daunting at first, but CIU’s career services is a great source for personal advising and prayer, resume help, and career counseling. And, of course, there’s the CIU Job Board.

Education doesn’t end with your degree, either. CIU offers learning for life resources online and on campus, such as the Lowrie Center and Robertson McQuilkin Library, to continue building upon the foundation built at our Christian university and seminary.

From events to news, to services and a directory, the CIU Alumni website provides everything you need to stay in-touch and informed about all things CIU.

CIU resources, plus our powerful alumni network, will ensure that you succeed in the path God has laid out for you.



Earning your degree is great, but doing an internship offers many benefits to future graduates. At our college of biblical studies, internships are part of the “hand” of our Head, Heart, and Hands approach to education. 

We extend our hand to touch communities all over the world to spread Christ’s love. Global internships, as well as those close to home, give students the opportunity to gain experience and insights, while applying their knowledge in real time. 

Doing an internship allows you to take the skills you've learned in our classrooms into real-world settings. You'll get to network with people in your field and maybe even transition into a job after you graduate. 

Many degree programs at CIU require internships to graduate. Check with your academic advisor to find out which internship is right for you.

To get an idea of what internships are available, keep an eye on the CIU Job Board, too.

On-Campus Employment

If you're interested in working while while you're going to college, search for a job on campus. Career Services advertises all student worker job openings on the CIU JobBoard, our online job database, and on two bulletin boards; one in the Student Center and one located near the Career Services Office in the Administration Building.

Most positions become available at the beginning of the school year and are usually advertised starting in mid-August. Positions are occasionally posted during the semester and before spring semester.

Our Student Employment Program provides valuable experience to students both inside and outside of their field of study. 

Most student worker positions are Federal Work Study (FWS) approved, but the few exceptions will be identified as non-eligible FWS jobs. Both FWS-approved students and those who are not can apply for any advertised student worker job opening. 

The exception is community service jobs that are only for FWS-approved students and will be posted as such.  To determine if you qualify for FWS, contact the Financial Aid Office.

For complete instructions for Student Employment, to download the application to apply for an on-campus job, and to access the link to the CIU JobBoard, go to and then to Career Services and then to the For Students page.


To be considered for a student worker job, you will need to:

  • Submit a Student Employment Application to the supervisor in the department with the opening

  • Be interviewed and offered the job by the supervisor

  • Provide a personal and previous employer reference for most positions

  • Have a criminal background check (and driver check, if necessary for the position)

  • Get clearance from the Student Life Office



Career Experience

The Career Services office at CIU is your go-to resource for finding a job while you’re on campus or getting your career started after you leave our biblical university and seminary.

Help in Finding Jobs & Careers

The CIU JobBoard is the place to start the search for an on-campus or off-campus job to help with expenses for school, a ministry for your Christian Service Learning (CSL), an internship for your major, a summer job, or your first job after graduation. You will need to create a user ID and password to use the JobBoard.

Student Employment

Would you like to earn money while earning your degree? Part-time student worker positions on-campus may be available for eligible degree-seeking students enrolled at least half-time. Look on the CIU JobBoard for job openings on in our library, cafeteria, Admissions or Financial Aid offices and other departments.

Numerous job opportunities in and around the Columbia area are also posted on the JobBoard. Your own transportation will generally be needed.

Career Assistance

  • When it’s time to graduate, CIU Career Services provides:

  • Personal career advising and prayer

  • Writing instructions and critiquing for resumes and cover letters

  • Tips for job hunting and interviewing

  • Referrals to job search databases

  • Career fair listings

  • A professional career assessment and counseling

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships, which provide scholarship assistance for full-time graduate students, are also available. Candidates for graduate assistantships are selected in the spring prior to the academic year. To apply, contact the Financial Aid Office at 800-777-2227, ext. 5031.

Contact Career Services

Phone:   (803) 807-5076


WebsiteMyCIU, under Career Services

Location:  Administration Building, 2nd floor

Hours:  Monday - Friday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. (occasionally closed for lunch, chapels and classroom presentations) 

Disability Services

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), CIU provides disability accommodations on an individualized basis.

Those accommodations can include test adjustments, printed media reformatted to audio, course substitution, readers, tutors, note-takers, study groups and proctored testing.

CLEP testing and proctoring, missed and online course exams are additional services. Details are online at Academic Services.


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