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The Student Senate is the executive cabinet responsible for representing the students before the administration and communicating back to the students. The presidents of all student organizations serve on the Senate with the four student senate executive officers. Opportunities for leadership also include; The Student Union, Student Mission Connection, The Finial, Married Student Association, African American Student Association, Grad Life Council, Mu Kappa, The Exchange, International Students Ministries, The Credo, Freshmen Leadership Team, Class Officers and Pilgrims Protest.

81%.  This is the fourth highest in the state for private institutions.

CIU is made up of many denominations of people and is unaffiliated. We strive towards a basis of evangelical unity. 

Undergraduate: 47% male students and 53% female students.  Graduate and Seminary: 56% male students and 44% female students.

Security patrols campus night and day. Campus Security can be reached at (803) 513-3967.

If a student is transferring in less than 24 credits, they need to proceed with the normal registration process including a high school transcript and test scores. However, if they are transferring in more than 24 credits, the high school transcript and test scores are not necessary.

TraveLearn is a department dedicated to helping students receive cross cultural experiences by providing opportunities for foreign internships, study tours, student teaching, and semesters abroad.

CIU holds an annual church fair made up of 30-40 churches that are connected CIU. The students can speak to members and leaders of the churches as well as talk to other students that attend those churches. CIU also has curriculum within the core classes that requires students to attend several different congregations.

The freshman class is guided by their leadership in a way that builds unity among the students. Recreational outings, group building activities, and scheduled events are all planned by the Freshman Leadership Team.

CIU have the following teams competing at the collegiate level: Men's Soccer, Men's and Women's Cross Country, Men's and Women's Basketball.

CIU has a variety of intramural sports which include; Co-Ed Volleyball, Co-Ed Flag Football, Co-Ed Dodge ball, Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Co-Ed Indoor Soccer, and Co-Ed Ultimate Frisbee.

Students also enjoy hiking and biking our 7 miles of trails on our beautiful 400 acre campus.

Under the ADA requirements, disability accommodations are provided on an individualized basis and can include test adjustments, printed media reformatted to audio, course substitution, readers, tutors, note-takers, study groups, proctored testing etc. CLEP testing and proctoring missed and distance course exams are additional services provided through Academic Services.

CIU is equipped with a team of chaplains for individuals as well as married students. They are an essential resource. CIU also offers a masters in counseling which affords the institution opportunities for professional counseling.

CIU has a team that offers help with resume construction, interviewing, career assessments and job application activities. We also offer a job board that allows students to post resumes online and be informed of job opportunities.

Each vocational course taught at CIU is taught from a biblical world view. This means that though the student may be learning communications, teaching, or business principles, they are also learning how to apply ethical, moral, and biblical skills to other parts of their life.

In the area of theological, Christ-like essentials CIU holds a fairly conservative view. CIU built its foundation on biblical principles and strives to be an institution that focuses on the character and heart of the student. All other attributes of the students should reflect that desire.

Students who withdraw after the semester has begun are subject to CIU's published Student Withdrawal Policy.

Bills are due by the first day of class.

To find information about financial aid or to contact a Financial Aid Counselor, visit the Financial Aid section of our website.

Sixty-four (64) percent of graduates were employed within 3 months of graduation. Most of our graduates pursue a full-time career in the ministry (64%). Other fields include business (48%), education (20%), and non-profit (9%).

Yes. All student employment positions are posted online at www.my.ciu.edu and on the bulletin board in the Administration Building near Human Resources.

Undergraduate: average class size is 20 students.  Graduate and Seminary: average class size is 14 students.

Unity in the essentials. Grace in the non-essentials.

Is it Historic? Gracious? Southern? Columbia, South Carolina encompasses each of these and much more! Columbia tantalizes all of your senses with a relaxing; comfortable pace; an abundance of playgrounds including Lake Murray, rivers, parks, gardens and the Riverbanks Zoo - one of the best in the country; the 5 Universities and Fort Jackson. History abounds and is celebrated in museums, historic homes and even in repurposed buildings with a new start as shops and restaurants.

As the Palmetto State's capital and a college town, Columbia's fiery vibe cultivates a colorful arts scene while an indie spirit envelops several energized entertainment districts overflowing with locally owned boutique shops, eateries, and spas and salons. For those with an adventurous spirit, the rivers, trails or the Congaree National Park will provide endless fun. Food-lovers have over 450 restaurants to choose from and can pick a new feast for every day and night of the week. The variety is abunadant and all with an easy reach.

Columbia is also close to several other metropolitan areas such as Charlotte, NC, Charleston, SC, and Atlanta, GA.

Wanna get outside for a while?  (Why, yes!!  I do!)  How about a walk to the Pointe or a hike on our 400+ acres, a bike ride to the lake, or a game of ultimate frisbee on the lawn?!  Do you enjoy a little physical competition?  We have the following intramurals: football, basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, and more!

Need a quick break from homework?  Play a game of ping-pong, pool, or cards with friends in the Student Center.  Wanna keep off the freshman fifteen?  Work out at the fitness center in the weight room, on the basketball courts, on the ellipticals, or in the aerobics room!

Passing through the Student Center between classes?  Grab some coffee in the bookstore and visit the Student Life Office!

In the mood for a good flick?  Watch a movie in the dorm basements and lobbies!

CIU offers a variety of intramural sports. Intramural sports are free for all students, staff and alumni. Students enjoy a variety of intramural sports, including Co-Ed Flag Football, Co-Ed Volleyball, Men's Basketball, Co-Ed Indoor Soccer, and Co-Ed Ultimate Frisbee.

We are excited about our new intercollegiate sports program! We currently compete in the following sports:  men’s soccer, men's and women's cross country, and men's and women's basketball . We look forward to the addition of women’s volleyball, baseball, softball, and women’s soccer over the next 5 to 6 years.  Take a look at our athletics program HERE.

Yes. Our Business and Organizational Leadership program has an international emphasis, and prepares students for serving the Lord world-wide, both in the traditional market place and in non-profit activities.

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Yes, have students contact AP and have their scores sent directly to the admissions office.  Student must score a 3 or higher to earn college credit.  A score of 5 might earn the student additional credit.

CIU offers 33 CLEP exams that can be taken throughout your studies here. Freshman English and College Math CLEP tests should be taken during your first year, and must be taken prior to enrolling in the respective course.  CLEP exams must be taken at CIU in order for you to receive academic credit at our institution.  If you have already taken a CLEP exam elsewhere, you may petition the Associate Dean of Arts & Sciences' office.

Students can have cars on campus.  There is a parking permit fee per year.

Students cannot have TV’s in their dorm rooms, but there are TV’s in the student center and in the lounges in each dorm.  Students may have laptop computers and can watch movies and have video games in their rooms.

All single Undergraduate students under 23 are required to live on campus. Undergraduate students living with family within commuting distance (50 miles) must live on campus their first two semesters at CIU. Students may move off campus if they will turn 23 during that semester. Seniors and those who are 22 may petition to live in the on-campus apartments. For additional information regarding housing requirements and appeals contact the Residence Life Office (803) 807-5485.

The student/faculty ratio:

  • Undergraduates  is 17 to 1.
  • Graduate and Seminary is 12 to 1.

There are 1,284 student enrolled in the undergraduate, graduate, and Seminary programs at CIU.

The minimum admissions requirements are a 2.0 high school GPA, and a 1290 (out of 2400) on the SAT or an ACT score of 18 (out of 36).

The average scores for students entering in Fall 2010 is 1097 SAT, 23 ACT and a 3.57 GPA.

Students who have completed a course for credit may request a transcript from the Registrar's Office at registrar@ciu.edu or (803) 807-5059. All tuition and fee payments must be completed and any required admissions materials (official transcripts of prior academic work) must be on file before a transcript will be issued. There is a small fee for having a transcript issued.

Audit is paying for the privilege of attending a credit class without taking it for credit. Generally, audit students do not submit assignments, take examinations, or participate in class discussions. Online courses may be audited. If you wish to audit a course, contact the Registrar's Office at registrar@ciu.edu for registration information. Click here for current tuition and fee rates for auditing online courses.

Individuals may share course materials; however, anyone wishing to take a course must register individually for that course. There is no special provision for spouses taking the same course at the same time.

Generally, no: however, unaccredited degrees are reviewed on a case by case basis. Student should contact the CIU Registrar at registrar@ciu.edu for more information.

A college senior in good academic standing may take a 5000-level graduate course; however, CIU will not transcript the course prior to having a validated transcript with a degree posted from an accredited undergraduate institution.

A high school junior or senior may apply to enroll in CIU's concurrent enrollment plan and take 1000- and 2000-level undergraduate courses; however, CIU will not transcript the course prior to having a validated transcript from the high school confirming graduation. Concurrent enrollment students must complete the CIU application process and be provisionally admitted before taking a course, and enrollment is subject to space availability.

Up to 12 credit hours may be taken by a student admitted as a Non-Degree Special Student. Individuals seeking to take credits without pursuing a program must complete the CIU application for admission and be admitted before registering for a course. NDSS applicants are not required to furnish the personal testimony or reference letters in the admissions process.

Contact the Registrar's Office at registrar@ciu.edu for information regarding transcient students.

Generally, bachelor's degree students must complete a minimum of 32 semester hours at CIU, including a minimum of two consecutive regular semesters in which they are registered for at least six semester hours credit. Up to 30 credit hours earned through online courses may be applied to a bachelor's degree. Up to 15 credit hours earned through online courses may be applied to an associate's degree. Up to 49% of Seminary and School of Ministry degrees may be taken online. At least half of any seminary degree must be earned through resident study. Please consult the appropriate academic catalog for specific program limitations.

Contact the Registrar's Office at registrar@ciu.edu or (803) 807-5059. See Course Calendar & Deadlines for critical dates.

Materials can be ordered through the CIU Online Bookstore.

Follow the detailed instructions on the How to Register page.

Syllabi for upcoming semesters are posted online. For Undergraduate or Graduate School courses you can purchase materials and begin working on a course anytime after the syllabus is posted. Registration for Summer and Fall courses opens in April, registration for Spring courses opens in November. Students in Undergraduate or Graduate School courses may begin submitting assignments for grading once they are officially registered. Students in Seminary courses may begin submitting assignments once the semester begins.

See How to Apply for detailed instructions.

  • English for mission purposes,
  • English for language and culture – literature and linguistics, with a cross-cultural focus,
  • Preparation for graduate school or the market place,
  • An undergraduate English degree that opens employment and/or ministry opportunities in the field before graduate school.

Probably not.  Teaching at the high school or middle school level in public schools in the United States or in internationally accredited schools requires various forms of certification, which generally can be met with study beyond the undergraduate level.

Christian private schools generally require ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) certification, which can also be obtained with further course work (offered at CIU).  Students seeking ACSI certification will want to get additional advising to determine how the requirements can be met in a timely manner. 

However, it should be noted: teaching positions are many, and the number of qualified teachers is not sufficient to meet the demand.  Options are available, both in the United States and internationally, for receiving certification after having begun teaching.

The minor in English is a highly flexible collection of 18 hours of primarily literature courses, without specific direction towards future study in English literature or teaching.  The Applied English major is a much more focused and intentional program, preparing graduates for vocational and professional requirements, including further study.

Perhaps not.  Applied English majors graduate with a TEFL certificate and teaching experience; students with zero interest in teaching should not pursue it.

However, students who enjoy literature and are open to teaching, at least while pursuing a degree, could well find the Applied English major a rewarding choice.   

The TEFL minor provides a student with a TEFL certificate.  However, language is more than a matter of pronunciation, grammar, or teaching techniques for reading and writing: language is culture, and literature is where culture is expressed deeply and clearly.  If someone wants to teach English with excellence, having an understanding of the literature which has contributed to and grown from the English language is invaluable, and will be appreciated by both employers and students of such a teacher.  The TEFL certificate is a fine addition to another degree program for those interested in teaching English as part of a vocation, but the Applied English degree is designed for those interested in teaching as their primary vocation.

Columbia International University is not like many other schools.  We are a Great Commission university, with all of our degree programs built upon a full Bible major which grounds students in the Word of God – how to interpret and apply it with integrity.  The Applied English major seeks to extend that ability to the content area of English – both the language and the literature.  Each course is included to give students desired abilities for the profession (ability to teach language, ability with different genres and periods of literature, with literature of different cultures, and with various interpretive theories, to name the more prominent ones).  CIU does not seek to do less with the limitation of course hours created by offering double majors to all students: CIU seeks to do more as a result of a clear focus upon the Word and the world’s need for Christ.  We do not mirror the world, but we do reflect the credentials and proficiencies of each professional major we teach so that our graduates may serve with excellence wherever God calls them.

The term “Applied English” is truth in advertising, making clear the major’s focus upon teaching.  A traditional English program is primarily a major in literature, with some emphasis upon writing or other aspects of language.  Applied English is a term commonly used internationally and in some schools in the United States for programs which prepare teachers to teach English – including literature – to non-native speakers.

A. Teach English in other countriesThe degree’s combination of literature, education and TEFL courses uniquely prepares students to teach English with excellence and understanding, a practical and exciting ability in a world where English is in much demand.  Many positions are available at schools seeking well trained English teachers with a bachelor’s degree and training in TEFL.

B.  Go on for graduate studies – students with an Applied English Major can pursue graduate studies in English, Linguistics, or Education and find many pre-requisites met by the program's requirements.

C.  Teach English in the United States – due to changing demographics, school district and places of employment need to prepare non-native English speakers with greater fluency.   Although most teaching positions will require further training, many opportunities exist for those trained and willing to serve with excellence.

Yes, CIU’s newest degree program is the B.A.in Applied English – a practical English program including the Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate and literature and education courses.

Teams will conduct and manage ministry opportunities within their own team.  However, there will be an expectation that each team will create the opportunities on a regular basis.  This will include community service, youth seminars, camps, and ministry/mission trips.

This will be determined by the head coach.  However, on average a team will practice two hours/day, five days a week.  During the season, the time commitment will be higher because of travel and competition.  Also, some teams require more or less time depending on the nature of their sport.  For example, collegiate golf competes by playing two-day tournaments, 18 holes each day.  Each day will be four to five hours long.  Cross Country, however, may take one hour each a day of intense training.  Off-season training will be determined by the head coach.  In general, "off season" is a time of conditioning and will be considerably less time per week and there will be no competition or travel.

All students will have the opportunity to "try-out" for a team.  Try-outs will be determined by the coach and all skill levels will be observed by the coach.  A student’s athletic experience, and the number of other students trying out for the team, will determine the difficulty of "making a team."  The CIU athletic administration will encourage inclusiveness, but ultimately the coach is in charge of the formation of his/her team with the goal of being competitive in the NCCAA.

The mascot selection began with a survey of students, faculty, staff and alumni in the fall of 2010.  Over 200 surveys were reviewed by a CIU task force comprised of CIU faculty, staff, alumni, evangelists, international representatives and coaches.  They narrowed the potential mascots to eight finalists, and then two.  The task force unanimously selected "The Rams."

CIU will primarily compete against other schools in the South Region of the NCCAA.  Members of the NCCAA are allowed to be "dual members" with other associations such as the NCAA and NAIA.  Therefore, CIU will compete against schools in our region who are members of the NCCAA, NCAA, and NAIA.

Yes,  CIU will award limited athletic scholarships.  The scholarships will be awarded to individuals by the team’s coach, in cooperation with the office of Student Financial Services.  The athletic director will manage the distribution of athletic scholarships.

CIU has a five- to eight-year athletics plan that includes the following sports:  

Men - Basketball, Soccer, Cross Country, Baseball, Golf     
Women - Soccer, Cross Country, Volleyball, Softball, Basketball

The Bible Teaching program trains students to study and to teach the Bible according to the chronological overview of the Bible. Elementary Education trains students to teach math, science, reading, and other subjects to elementary students. The Bible Teaching program is designed to train students to work with all levels of students: grades 1-12.

Last year alone we received approximately 150 requests for Bible teachers to teach in Christian, international, or public schools. In addition, there are scores of other Bible teaching opportunities around the world in schools, missions, and churches. (See Bible teaching opportunities at www.ifmamissions.org and www.acsi.org)

Yes! The learning context is a school classroom setting during student teaching. Yet, graduates use this Bible teaching skill as pastors, youth ministers, missionaries, or Christian Education directors. The classroom training experience allows the student to receive the greatest concentration of teaching opportunities within a short amount of time.

A graduate of the Bible Teaching program receives the "all-level" Bible certification from the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), the largest Christian School organization in the world. This qualifies the graduate to teach Bible in Christian Schools in North America and International Schools around the world. Graduates employed to teach Bible in North Carolina will qualify for a North Carolina Secondary Teaching Certificate in Bible.

It depends on who you ask, the Hebrew professor or the Greek professor! Some students find Greek comes easier, while others find Hebrew more simple to learn. Sometimes, the language that students learn first is the one that they prefer.

Most seminaries require training in Hebrew and Greek. The study of these languages at the undergraduate level allows students to deal more easily with the demands of seminary education and to move ahead more quickly through the seminary curriculum.

Greek is Greek and Hebrew is Hebrew, so that what students need to know is essentially the same. At the undergraduate level, we have the opportunity to meet every day during the class week, which is not always possible within a seminary setting.

Our goal is to help students use biblical languages readily and competently in their ministries. We emphasize the aspects of the languages that are used most frequently in the Bible. By the end of their training, students should be able to read the Bible in the original languages with the help of study tools.

Some people have a greater aptitude for language learning than others, but most students do well with Hebrew and Greek because their motivation level is high. They love God's Word and want to study these languages so that they can better understand the Bible.

No. Several degree programs do include study in the biblical languages. Certificate students, however, need only a good grasp of English. Of course, you may choose one if you wish!

No. Certificate courses do not presume previous study in the Scripture or previous ministry background.

Yes! All of the requirements for the Certificate are available through online courses.

Yes! Certificate students enroll in the same courses as masters students. Since CIU's Seminary and School of Ministry is fully accredited by the Southern Assoc. of Colleges and Schools and the Assoc. of Theological Schools, the courses may be applied towards a Masters or transferred to any other accredited graduate school as well.

No. The certificate is a self-standing accredited program of study that forms the first half of a Master of Arts degree and the first third of a Master of Divinity degree.

Our passion for students! Our experienced faculty members are committed to the cause of Christ and devoted to a servant attitude. They want to be involved in the lives of students to help them achieve all that God has for them after graduation.

Immediately! Field education gives students the opportunity every semester to put into practice what they are learning in the classroom. In addition, the summer of your junior year, a 6 week internship is required, again furthering the exposure of the communication student to the realities of the ministry/job environment.

Students have room in the curriculum not only to major in Communication but also to take an additional minor in either Radio Broadcasting or Video Production. Students also may take advantage of our cooperative agreement with Midlands Technical College to earn a certificate in Information Systems Networking along with their major in Communication.

The nature of a Communication program demands a hands-on approach to education. A working TV studio with state-of-the-art digital video editing equipment, a computer lab with the latest in computer enhanced graphics, presentations software, darkroom, and a student radio station all compliment the total education of the student.

The typical student can expect courses in all of today's communication fields from writing for the mass media to photography, from history of media to video production, from leadership in communication to design principles of electronic communication. Students will be adequately prepared to enter into any area of communication upon graduation.

Yes! Up to two doctoral courses taken prior to admission may be applied toward degree requirements. This provision allows qualified students to 'try' CIU's D.Min. program before signing up.

Since doctoral seminars afford contact with professors and interaction with peers, presence on campus is an important part of the D.Min. experience. Other options exist, however. One or two courses may be taken at the 6000 or 7000-level, either on campus or through our Distance Education Center. Subject to approval, one or two doctoral level courses also may be transferred into the program from another seminary or university. Of the required twenty-four semester course hours, twelve must be resident hours.

Since the D.Min. is designed to enhance the ministry competence of practicing professionals, courses are scheduled to accommodate the schedules of students in ministry. Doctoral courses consist of three segments: pre-seminar assignments, the doctoral seminar, and post-seminar assignments.

Pre-seminar work typically entails both reading and writing assignments. Post-seminar work typically includes a project and/or an integrative paper.

Seminars are scheduled for five days, Monday through Friday, during CIU's Winter Studies (January) and Summer Studies Program (June-August).

Applicants must hold an M.Div. degree (or equivalent) and have three years of post-M.Div., active ministry involvement, and a 3.0 GPA to qualify for admission. (To estimate equivalence, compare the requirements for the Seminary's M.Div. Program 2 degree.) These requirements reflect national standards and should be the same at all accredited seminaries. 

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Students may participate in a monthly, interest-free contract payment plan, which affords a $50 per credit hour discount off the current tuition rate and a lock-in at that rate for the remainder of the program. Payments are made over a 48-month period via automatic credit card charge. Students who withdraw from the payment plan and continue in the program pay the then current tuition rate and any applicable fees.

A minimum of 12 semester hours of undergraduate or graduate study from an accredited institution is required, with one course in each of the following areas:

  • Biblical studies, theology, or Bible book study
  • Bible interpretation or hermeneutics
  • Christian life development or spiritual formation
  • Missions

Prerequisites may also be satisfied by (a) a Bible certificate (30-hour program) or (b) a total of 30 credit hours of coursework in Bible and theology. Prerequisites must be completed prior to the qualifying examination.

A faculty admissions panel reviews applicants based on the following criteria:

  • A master’s degree from an accredited institution. A concentration in education is preferred, but not required.
  • Performance in graduate coursework indicating a strong ability to be successful in doctoral-level studies.
  • Evidence of speaking and writing ability in English demonstrated by a writing sample. A published article or graduate research paper is required for review.
  • Christian maturity that is appropriate for leadership.
  • Administrative leadership or related experience in a Christian school, college, or training agency.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) results with a desired minimum of the 50th percentile on Verbal and on Analytical, or a Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score with a desired minimum of the 50th percentile. The exam must have been taken within the last five years.
  • Indication that the applicant will make a significant contribution to the future of Christian education through completion of a doctoral degree. This is evaluated through a required personal interview with program faculty members.

Up to 15 credit hours of graduate education courses from a master’s degree or other graduate study beyond the master’s degree at an accredited university may be transferred into the Ed.D. program. Transfer courses may be applied only to electives in the program and must be in education or educational leadership. All required courses must be taken at CIU.

Guest rooms in the residence halls and a limited number of furnished apartments are available on a first come, first served basis. A main meal is offered at noon in the cafeteria during the week, and residence halls have microwaves and refridgerators available. Numerous restaurants and hotels are within a 10-minute drive from campus, and students often carpool for meals and shopping.

New students are admitted in the summer only, and begin with a program orientation and core values seminar, plus one or two three-hour courses. During subsequent years, students take up to three intensive courses in July and one online course each fall and spring. Each intensive course involves readings and pre-session assignments in June, one week (40 hours) of Monday-Friday class sessions in July, and post-session assignments and research in August and September. The intensive sessions are typically scheduled during the first three weeks of July.

Online courses are offered in the fall and spring, running from mid-August to mid-December and late-January to mid-May, respectively. The final research course is offered in an intensive format in February on campus.

The Ed.D. degree is a 66-hour program. It is designed for working practitioners and can be completed without interrupting your career. Typically, students complete the degree in four to six years, taking four or five courses per year. The maximum time limit is six years from the start of the first course. In extenuating circumstances, an extension may be considered, and must be approved by the program director and dissertation committee.

Every Ed.D. student completes a core of studies in Christian educational leadership and specializes in one of four concentrations:

  • Christian School Leadership – for administrators in Christian K-12 schools
  • Christian Higher Education – for administrators in Christian colleges, seminaries, and graduate schools
  • Curricular and Instructional Leadership – for curriculum specialists, instructional designers, academic support professionals, and others focused on teaching and learning roles in K-12 and higher education
  • Leadership in International Theological Education – for administrators, educators, and trainers in missions and theological training organizations in international settings. The ITE concentration is offered through CIU’s campus in Korntal, Germany, and requires fluency in German.

CIU’s Ed.D. degree is designed for educational leaders serving in Christian schools, colleges, and training organizations. Our mission is to equip Christian educators to think, teach, and lead biblically in Christian educational settings throughout the world. The Ed.D. program achieves this through foundational prerequisites in Bible and theology, a curriculum that addresses both biblical principles and educational theory in each subject area, a faculty of experienced Christian educational leaders, and graduate outcomes that reflect biblical leadership skills in distinctly Christian educational contexts. This emphasis is not typical of most Ed.D. programs.

FACE could be tailor-made for you! Because FACE includes a 12-semester-hour "Ministry skills" package that you design in connection with the program director, you may be able to transfer classes that count toward this major.

Each FACE major will design a ministry skills package consisting of 12 semester hours. This package will contribute to the development of a professional ministry competency in addition to the "church education" specialty offered in the core courses. Possible areas include: Pastoral Ministry, Youth Ministry, Camp/Recreation Ministry, Communication, Teaching English As A Foreign Language (TEFL), Music, Education (school-related), or Focus on the Family Institute, a semester-long institute in Colorado Springs, CO that provides college-level training in family ministry.

(1) You acquire knowledge and skills applicable to a broad range of age-levels rather than zeroing in on one group, such as youth. (2) You gain competency in administration, interpersonal communication, as well as Bible teaching. (3) You choose 40% of the required hours in the major: 12 of the 30 semester hours consist of a personally-designed skills package.

FACE students develop the interpersonal skills required for effective communication, conflict resolution and the implementing of change. They also learn to work with and train volunteers, teach the Bible to all ages, plan ministry events and facilitate small groups.

FACE students enjoy numerous projects that involve them with people off campus. They teach various age groups; plan events for churches; take a required ministry internship; and travel with the program director to train church volunteers. Their first hands-on ministry exposure is not after graduation!

Students may take their 18 credit hour concentration at CIU in such areas as: Bible teaching, biblical languages, communication, elementary education, evangelism, family and church education, humanities, intercultural studies, music, pastoral ministries, psychology, theology and youth work.

A number of students are involved in the nursing program at Midlands Tech, but programs are available in a variety of fields including: accounting, business management, commercial graphics, computer technology, criminal justice, dental hygiene, gerontology, information systems networking, legal assistant, marketing, office systems, radiologic technology, respiratory care and telecommunications systems.

Yes, students are encouraged to live in the dorms and participate in the campus activities at CIU while they are taking courses at Midlands Tech. So students would pay for their tuition at Midlands Tech and for their room and board at CIU.

Students normally take their course work at Midlands Tech during their sophomore and junior years or for shorter programs only during their junior year. In four years, they are able to receive an associate's degree or certificate in a technical field from Midlands Tech and a bachelor's degree in Bible and General Studies from CIU.

For students who transfer into CIU with a large number of credit hours, the General Studies program is often the quickest way for them to complete their bachelor's degree. In this way, they can more easily move on to graduate study or the job market.

To make special travel arrangements please contact Tina Tindle at (800) 777-2227, ext. 5058 or by email at ttindle@ciu.edu as soon as you know your travel plans. Special travel arrangements MUST be made two weeks in advanced.

Yes! In order to help us plan for meals, please contact Tina Tindle by email at ttindle@ciu.edu by October 15th with the number of additional guests.

Yes.  We will have registration forms available at registration on Friday, October 22 8:30 – 9:10 am for "walk-in registrants".

If your friend is also interested in attending CIU, he or she is considered a prospective student and MUST register too. Guests (parents, family friends, family members) are not considered prospective students and do not need to register.

The dress for CIU Preview is casual. Students typically wear t-shirts/other tops and jeans/pants/skirts to class. Please Click Student Handbook to view our dress code.

Your Bible and umbrella (if forecast calls for rain).

There is a list of local hotels provided on our website. Also, there are a limited number of on-campus rooms available in our Alumni Center for $45/night (contact 1.800.777.2227 for reservations).

Yes! Feel free to invite your family or other guests. Note that no childcare will be provided.

The only cost incurred by students participating in the event is travel to and from Columbia. Friday lunch is provided free of charge for all prospective students and their guests.

The Humanities major requires students to participate in a study tour, normally in Europe or Israel. The tour focuses on the cultural and religious history of the area. Such an experience increases our understanding of the world and helps us to grow in our appreciation of different cultures.

Studying literature helps us to peer into the minds and lives of others, which encourages reflection on our own presuppositions and prejudices. We learn how ideas originate and how they manifest themselves in people"s personal and public conduct. Studying literature produces a broadened and deepened perception of life and a more sensitized response to others.

The study of philosophy allows us to evaluate how significant thinkers have understood God, the world and the meaning of life. Over and over again, yesterday's philosophies become today's trends. Philosophy prepares us to understand and to communicate within today's society.

Students who take the Humanities program learn how to think and to write and to communicate their own ideas clearly. These abilities are essential to any endeavor in life. Increasingly, employers are demanding that colleges and universities provide them with graduates who know how to think creatively to find new solutions to old problems.

Textbooks are listed in the course syllabus, posted on the CIUOnline course homepage approximately one month before the course is scheduled to begin. You are responsible to purchase your own textbooks from the CIU Bookstore. Please contact the Bookstore at 803-807-5263 or send an e-mail with any questions regarding finding and ordering books.

The AccessCIU-SSM office can be reached at 803-807-5378, or send an e-mail with your question.

You will find information on textbooks in the course syllabus. The course syllabus will be posted on the course home page approximately one month before the course is scheduled to begin. You are responsible to purchase your own textbooks. One option is to order them from the CIU Bookstore. To order by email contact bookstore [at] ciu.edu (Anti-spam: replace the [at] with "@"). To order by phone contact the cashier at (803) 807-5263.

Each course syllabus contains a course description, course objectives, booklist and requirements. The course syllabus will be posted on the CIUOnline course home page approximately one month before the course is scheduled to begin.

Course information is available through CIUOnline. If you already have a CIUOnline account, you will be able to access your new course within two business days of the time you submit your registration. If you have difficulty with your CIUOnline account:

  • Call (803) 807-5040. Upon verification of your identity, CIU Web Support personnel will guide you in logging in to CIUOnline for the first time.
  • Contact the Registrar for an authorization form -- write your mailing address, sign it, and send it to CIU Web Support. You may either fax it to (803) 786-4209 or mail it to Columbia International University, 7435 Monticello Road, Columbia, SC 29203, Attn: Web Support. After we receive your signed release, we will mail you your login instructions.

All students admitted to a degree program via the hybrid format must have an account through CIUOnline. Any and all communications regarding degree programs must come from your CIUOnline e-mail address: "firstname.lastname@mailbox.ciu.edu." Communications with addresses not ending in "@mailbox.ciu.edu" will be asked to resend through your CIUOnline account.

If you have questions about CIUOnline, please contact CIU Web Support at websupport [at] ciu.edu (Anti-spam: replace the [at] with "@") or (803) 807-5777. 

Once registration opens, you will be able to register through your CIUOnline account for your upcoming course(s) and pre-register for the subsequent term. Confirmation of both your registration and pre-registration will be sent to you via e-mail.

Register and reserve housing for courses in Atlanta, GA when the registration period is open.

Federal Financial Aid is available to students using CIU's hybrid format.  Information on Federal Aid can be found here.

You may begin your studies during any term throughout the year, but we strongly recommend that you begin with an on-campus intensive course, either in Atlanta, GA or Columbia, SC when courses are offered in January or June.

Lisa Lanpher
Columbia International University
Institute Secretary
Phone: 803.807.5381

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This applies to all CIU students, or any student seeking a higher education degree.  We are aware of the challenges imposed on graduates with high levels of college loan debt. We have been fortunate to keep out tuition cost competitive in our region among comparable private universities. The CIU director of Student Financial Services is focused on addressing this issue. As in the medical and other professional fields (accounting, law, business, etc.), a graduate degree may be a part of the journey. The path may also include a post-graduate job that pays down debt, gains practical experience in the real world of the broader marketplace, and establishes key contacts and networks that lead to future opportunities. Often the recent graduate works overseas as a short-term missionary, humanitarian aid worker, or at an entry-level business position. The options vary. Again, the journey is less prescriptive but, for the CIU ICS student it can be most fulfilling and rewarding.

Take for example a recent alumnus (ICS major). His studies resulted in extensive international travel (e.g. the required international internship and other summer projects), and today he is employed as a distance learning designer. His tough decision moving forward is whether or not he should continue this track with an eye toward cross-cultural distance education, or accept a recent job offer from a large company, and with that, pursue an MBA at a major university.  How did he get the business job offer? Through his contacts, experience, and reputation as a CIU ICS major. He is 23 years old, with a variety of options before him.

The career track for the ICS major is not as precise as that in other fields, such as medical or education.  And the "payback" financially is not as immediate and in some cases, not as significant. But there are many excellent options available for experienced cross-cultural workers who understand and are skilled at working in multicultural teams in a variety of settings/languages, in a constantly changing world.

Regarding the skills obtained and their value, the ICS course of study is a professional major that prepares students to be effective in cross-cultural ministry, missions, and/or marketplace ventures after graduation.  The use of "and/or" is significant because trends show that graduates will experience more than one of these arenas or "industries" during their working life cycle.

Businesses and mission agencies have learned through the years that not everyone is able to thrive in a cross-cultural environment.  Our mission is to equip our ICS students to not only survive, but thrive in these work and ministry settings. Of course, their ultimate focus is to use their work arena for the glory of God and the accomplishment of His mission on earth.

ICS graduates are educated and equipped to work in an increasingly multicultural world. They will recognize differing worldview assumptions and contrasting cultures. They will more effectively handle cultural clashes in their given work setting. If they work and live overseas, they are more likely to succeed, to survive culture shock, or at least recover from it. They can identify cultural misunderstandings, ethical value clashes, and more effectively solve related problems. These are marketable skills.

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) is a course of study that prepares students to teach English in an overseas setting without the benefit of knowing the language of the culture in which one is teaching.  Click here to learn about the minor in TEFL.

Students may choose to study a foreign language as a part of their course of study, but it is not required.  The program offers a course on language learning to introduce students to the task of language study.  Biblical languages may be used in the ministry skills package and could include the study of Hebrew and/or Greek.

A six to eight week internship (earning three to six credit hours) is required.  The internship must be conducted in a cross-cultural situation, usually fulfilled overseas.  There are some opportunities for full-immersion ministry situations in the United States, but most students choose options outside the U.S.A.

The ICS major is specifically designed so that students can combine it with another field of study.  Twelve or more hours must be taken that will contribute to the development of a ministry skill.  Fields of study may include, but are not limited to Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), Youth Ministry, Bible Teaching, Music, or Communication.

The program includes courses on the Bible, the realities of living and ministering in a cross-cultural situation, the history of missions, cultural anthropology, religions of the world, Bible teaching, and electives that focus on a ministry specialty.

If you hold a U.S. Passport, you do not need to apply as an international student.  If you have previous education outside the U.S., you may or may not need to request a foreign transcript evaluation.  Please see additional information under "Official Transcripts & Transcript Evaluations".  If English is not your native tongue, you will still need to take the TOEFL exam.

From the time of completion of the program or the end date on the I-20 document the student will have 60 days to leave the country or switch to another visa type.

This time will vary greatly and will depend mostly on the applicant.  If the applicant is very organized and has everything ready at the time of application it may take only a couple months to receive your I-20 to get your visa.  On the other hand it is possible to take up to 12 months or longer.

You may enter the U.S. up to 30 days prior to the start date listed on your I-20 document, which is the first day of your first class.

Yes.  If you are accepted as a student in an online degree program and your program does not require that you enter the U.S. to attend courses or a residency session, then you need not provide financial information.  Please note that some non-residential degree programs (AIM, M.Ed., D.Min., Ed.D.) do require brief residency sessions which will require that the student have the appropriate visa.  Financial certification is adjusted to reflect the estimated expenses for non-residential programs.

The I-20 document is created by a Columbia International University Designated School Official (DSO) and is used directly by the student at the U.S. Embassy to obtain an F-1 visa.  The F-1 visa is then used at the border or port of entry to allow the student to enter the country.  The I-20 is then used to keep the student legal in the U.S.

You will need your I-20 form, financial certification form and bank documents, a receipt of your SEVIS I-901 fee payment, your acceptance letter to a program of study, and any documentation that shows you have ties to your home country and that you plan to return at the conclusion of your studies (examples: that you have family in your home country, proof of home ownership, proof of employment when you return, proof that you own a vehicle in your home country, etc.).  For more information about applying for a visa, visit the Bureau of Consular Affairs website.

The people with a PR or RA card need only provide a copy of their current valid card to the Admissions office.  Depending on your previous education, you may or may not need to request a foreign transcript evaluation and/or TOEFL scores.  Please see additional information under "Official Transcripts & Transcript Evaluations".

There are a number of work and dependent visa types that are allowed to study part-time, full-time, or engage in incidental study.  The list of these types is too numerous to provide here so please contact the International Admissions Counselor to check if your visa type allows study without transferring to an F-1.  You can also visit the U.S. Department of State's website to learn about different visa types.

Contact your high school guidance office and request an unofficial copy of your transcript be either mailed (P.O. Box 3122, Columbia, SC 29230) or faxed [(803) 223-2500] to CIU. After you have graduated from high school, you will need to submit an official copy of your transcript to CIU.

When you take your SAT or ACT, you can request that your score be sent to CIU. Another way to send CIU your score is through College Board for the SAT and through ACT, Inc. for the ACT. If you have questions, please email leadership@ciu.edu.

Please write a 500-600 word essay answering the question: "How do you anticipate being a leader on our campus?" All essays must be typed and double-spaced.  All documents must be received by CIU by November 15th. Please either mail documents to CIU (P.O. Box 3122, Columbia, SC 29230) or e-mail to leadership@ciu.edu.

You must attend all events during the weekend, from registration through the banquet on Saturday.

Individual schedules will be designed for each participant, but for a general schedule of events, click here.

Although a large number of our freshman awards will be committed to prospective students during this weekend, you may still be eligible for federal, state, and institutional aid. However, to be eligible for the R.C. McQuilkin Leadership Scholarship, you must attend this weekend event.

You will need a combination of casual and formal clothing for activities during the weekend. During most activities, guys are required to wear casual slacks (no jeans/shorts) and ladies are required to wear dress slacks or skirts (no jeans/shorts). For the Saturday Luncheon formal attire is required: guys please wear a tie, and ladies please wear a skirt, dress, or dress slacks. Students may wear jeans/shorts/casual wear at times and please bring one outfit for our outside group activity (tennis shoes, casual wear).

You will be staying in a CIU residence hall with either a current student or with another Scholarship Weekend participant. You will receive your room assignment when you arrive on campus for the Scholarship Weekend.

Students staying overnight in a residence hall will need the following items:
Sleeping Bag
Pillow
Toiletries
Towel
Alarm Clock
Clothing for each day (Dress for the weekend will range from professional to casual.)
Umbrella

Click here for a list of local hotels and rates.

Please note: Breakfast is also provided on campus for parents on Friday.

Although parents and family members are not required to attend, we do encourage them to visit CIU with you. We will prepare special events and activities during the weekend especially for them.

It's free! The only costs incurred by students participating in the weekend is travel to and from Columbia. All housing, meals and events are covered for students. CIU will provide breakfast and lunch for parents on Friday. Students who choose to fly into Columbia will be picked up and returned to the airport by members of the CIU staff and student body.

To register for the event please click here or contact the Campus Visit Coordinator at 1-800-777-2227, ext. 5058.

All high school seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a SAT score (math and verbal) of 1000 or above are eligible. Students wishing to participate in the scholarship weekend must complete the registration, CIU admissions application, Christian experience essay, CIU financial aid application, and a 500-600 word leadership essay.

This M.A. combines strong scholarship and effective professional application. Like all other programs at CIU Seminary & School of Missions, it is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools and by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It is recognized everywhere.

Yes. Intercultural Studies courses are offered in one, two, and three-week modules during the January "Winterim" and the May-through-July Summer Studies Program. Several Intercultural Studies courses also are available through distance education from Columbia Extension.

Absolutely! Many students select the M.A. (Intercultural Studies) program for precisely that reason.

Every year the Zwemer Center for Muslim Studies offers graduate-level courses through Columbia International University in Columbia, SC. Most classes are one-week intensives offered on campus in January and throughout July, some are available online year-round, and a few are offered on-campus during the regular semester. All intensive courses may be taken as a seminar (non-credit) for only $250.

  • Islam in the 21st Century                                
  • Introuction to Islam
  • The Spirit World of Islam
  • Understanding the Qur'an
  • Approaches to Muslims
  • The Life of Muhammad
  • Islamic Theology
  • Addressing Muslim Concerns
  • Understanding Muslim Women

The uniqueness of the M.A. (Muslim Studies) is the experienced and diverse faculty. We have over ten contributing faculty in this program. Each of the faculty is academically and experientially qualified experts in their fields of study. Visiting faculty from around the world include: Dr. Nabeel Jabbour, Dr. Peter Riddell, Trevor Castor, Dr. Jerry Rankin, Dr. Len Bartlotti, Dr. Moyra Dale and Dr. Ed Smither. Resident faculty include Dr. Warren Larson (Director of the Zwemer Center) and Dr. David Cashin.

"The Zwemer Center for Muslim Studies is a beautiful and strategic combination of crucial research and actual teaching. Would that more institutes like this studded the world of missions. They are a must."
- Ralph D.Winter
General Director, Frontier Mission Fellowship

"I spent eight years in a country in which resides a large population Muslims. I have had plenty of exposure to Islam through various documentaries, lectures, books and interaction with Muslims. However, it was not until I came to the Zwemer Center that I realized how little I know about Islam. The professors have a wealth of knowledge about Islam because of their experiences among Muslims and their obvious depth of academic study about Islam. I am impressed with this CIU program."

-Former Student

We have two programs:

Program I [60 semester hours]- for college or university graduates with no previous studies in Bible or theology. Program I students can complete the M.A. (Muslim Studies) program in 24 months.

Program II [30 semester hours]- "fast-track" for those who have at least 30 semester hours of college credit in Bible, theology or church history. Program II students can complete the M.A. (Muslim Studies) in as little as one year. 

The program is designed to provide graduates with the skills necessary for successful work among Muslims. This program provides you with a focused knowledge of the tools and techniques needed to analyze the theology, traditions, and worldview of Islam. Courses are in depth analysis of Islamic History/Culture, Islamic Theology/Philosophy, Mission Strategy and business matters for the Muslim World. Although courses analyze Theology and Philosophy of Islam, the emphasis is on Muslim peoples.

Students can pursue the degree without moving to Columbia, South Carolina. This program can be completed fully online. Click here to learn more.

This degree prepares students for roles such as field missionary, international development worker, campus ministry among Muslim students, or international business in Muslim contexts. For those interested in working in the market place, since 9/11 the government, as well as NGO’s, are looking for experts in this area. Go to an online job search and type in “Muslim Studies”or “Islam” and watch the results.

Named after Samuel Zwemer, "Apostle to Islam," the center was launched in 1979 and over the years has offered in-depth courses in Islam, produced papers, fostered dialogues and facilitated research on pertinent topics, earning an esteemed position in Christian mission circles. This is the place where Christian scholars, field missionaries and missionaries-in-training can access the most comprehensive information on Islam and Muslim-Christian relations available.

By choosing your courses carefully in consultation with your academic advisor, it might be possible to prepare for doctoral studies. You should investigate closely the requirements of the doctoral program you are considering. In many instances the M.Div. degree might be a better choice.

The Integrative Research Seminar is the "capstone" course of the MA and should be taken close to the conclusion of your studies. It is an integrative seminar designed to help you reflect on your educational experience, including the academic, personal and ministry dimensions of your course work.

Certainly. The electives which are part of the M.A. are completely "free." You may take all of them in a single discipline area if you wish.

At present, the M.A. does not include concentrations. It is designed to let you tailor your studies to your interests.

We receive numerous requests every year for Bible teachers to teach in Christian, international, or public schools. In addition, there are scores of other Bible teaching opportunities around the world in schools, missions, and churches. (See Bible teaching opportunities at www.acsi.org

Yes! The learning context is a school classroom setting during student teaching. Yet, graduates use this Bible teaching skill as pastors, youth ministers, missionaries, or Christian Education directors. The classroom training experience allows the student to receive the greatest concentration of teaching opportunities within a short amount of time.

A graduate of the Bible Teaching program receives the "all-level" Bible certification from the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), the largest Christian School organization in the world. This qualifies the graduate to teach Bible in Christian Schools in North America and International Schools around the world. Graduates employed to teach Bible in North Carolina will qualify for a North Carolina Secondary Teaching Certificate in Bible.

Specialization is possible within our program tracks and concentrations, as well as within the student's practicum/internship site work.

The College of Counseling provides the academic coursework and clinical training requirements for licensure as a Professional Counselor Intern (LPCI) in the state of South Carolina. While the standards for licensure in South Carolina are similar to other states, students desiring licensure from another state should research the requirements for any state where they intend to practice. Most states require a minimum of two years postgraduate supervised practice before full licensure is granted.

A maximum of 12 credits will be considered for transfer toward the counseling core from another accredited school. No transfer of credit will be accepted for the following courses: CNS 5305 Applied Biblical Foundations of Counseling, CNS 5306 Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling, CNS 5313 Personal and Spiritual Development, CNS 5342 Foundations of Marriage and Family Counseling, CNS 6912 Advanced Counseling Techniques and Practicum, CNS 6937 Internship 1, CNS 6938 Internship 2.

Yes, CIU is accredited by the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).  While CIU is in the process of pursuing additional accreditation through the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the MA in Counseling program is not currently accredited by CACREP.  The American Psychological Association (APA) only credentials doctoral level programs.

Students without the two prerequisite psychology courses can be conditionally accepted; however, these students will not be allowed to complete candidacy or take certain counseling courses until prerequisites are met. Psychology prerequisites may be completed through CIU's undergraduate psychology program, or a satisfactory CLEP score, or transferred in from other accredited institutions.

No.  This degree and concentration can be completed through our Access CIU program.  This will allow you to maintain your current ministry or employment while doing distance education courses and intensive on-campus courses.  Ordinarily, this will require a minimum of three years.

Courses offered during regular semesters are usually taught once a week during the day, in the evening, or on selected weekends. We also offer one-week intensive courses during January and during the summer months. Online courses are also available. Not all courses are available in every format every semester but there is considerable scheduling flexibility.

Yes. Up to one-half of your courses can be transferred in from other accredited seminaries. These courses must be compatible with the CIU SSM curriculum.

No. Students who wish to eventually enroll in Doctor of Ministry studies should plan to pursue the Master of Divinity degree. Those who desire enrollment in a Ph.D. program should strongly consider the M.Div. Academic Ministries concentration we offer.

It might but this depends on the denomination or local church body. Some denominations require or expect the M.Div. degree for ordination. Local churches vary in their expectation.

You will gain an understanding of the Bible as a whole and be able to practice sound interpretation of specific passages. You will also acquire skill in preparing and presenting lessons and sermons that effectively communicate biblical truth.

Today we all live in a multi-cultural world. The principles and practices developed through the M.A. in Global Studies will serve you well in your Jerusalem, Judea/Samaria, and the uttermost parts!

A full-time student can complete the course in 2.5 years. Many students complete the degree from their overseas base, combining online courses (up to 49% of your credits) with residential one-week intensives and classes offered at one of our campuses.

The M.A. in Global Studies equips you for working in a multi-cultural world. You will become more self-aware regarding your own calling, culture, and woridview. You will learn the right questions to ask when crossing culture. You will learn from experienced faculty and fellow students from around the world. You will connect with international organizations and opportunities for future work and service.

The typical ministry care student (based upon statistics from the ministry care program predecessor) is in his or her mid-thirties, active in a local church, has an interest of experience in what God is doing in the world. They often have spiritual gifts such as mercy, shepherding, leadership, wisdom, teaching and have a passion to be a part of the healing process to set people free to be effective for Christ. The student often seeks out a faculty member for spiritual and professional mentoring while at CIU.

While the programs are different in much of the content and course material, some of the coursework may transfer between programs. Please see your academic advisor for details.

While we rely primarily on the Bible and a sound understanding of theology as our ultimate authority over what we do, we are not a Biblical Counseling program as the term is generally used. Biblical counseling programs usually do not use counseling skills that are derived from resources outside of Scripture such as secular research and scholarship. CIU students are trained to use Christian and non-Christian research and scholarship that support the Scriptures as the stage is set for God to heal and protect.

The MA in Ministry Care is designed for those who plan to lead and disciple people in ministry as well as address people's pain and difficulties, issues that can hold a person back from knowing and enjoying God and all that He has promised. Depending upon the track chosen, Ministry Care graduates may take on ministry roles such as Associate Pastor, Small Groups Ministry/Pastor, Shepherding Pastor, Pastor of Spiritual Formation, Pastoral Counselor, Lay Counseling pastor, care giver to ministry or missionary staff, member care, marriage and pre-marital and recovery/restoration ministries pastor.  These positions are increasingly needed in today's Christian organizations both in the States and overseas.

Pastoral caregivers and missionary caregivers are those who work for a church, Christian ministry or missionary organization in which they help a person look at a life situation from God's perspective. They use primarily the Bible with counseling, spiritual development diagnoses, limited testing and assessment skills. The pastoral caregiver has the advantage of bringing the church as a body and organization to the benefit of the person in need. She or he can have a personal discipling relationship in and out of the counseling office with the person in need.

The clinical counselor, on the other hand, works more with diagnosis from the Diagnostic Statistical Manual, intensive therapy of serious issues and pathology using the Bible, counseling, research and clinical testing tools. The clinical counseling student will need under-graduate psychology counseling coursework, must pass the National Counselors Exam and complete a post-graduate internship at least two-years long. They come under state and legal and ethical guidelines. They are not allowed to have an ongoing relationship with the client outside of the counseling office. The clinical counselor may qualify for insurance reimbursement for his or her services.

By choosing your courses carefully in consultation with your academic advisor, it may be possible to prepare for doctoral studies. You should investigate closely the requirements of the doctoral program you are considering. In many instances the M.Div. degree might be a better choice.

This degree may prepare you for ordination but it depends on the denomination or local church body through which you are seeking ordination. Some denominations expect the M.Div. degree for ordination.

Yes, you may transfer up to one-half of your courses from other accredited seminaries. These courses must be compatible with your seminary curricular requirements.

Graduates enter a wide variety of ministry settings. Some enter the pastorate; others work on church staffs.  Our graduates have also entered para-church ministries, missionary service, and market place ministries.

Please contact an Admissions Counselorschedule a campus visit or call the Admissions office at (800) 777-2227.

Financial aid, including scholarships, grants, and loans, is available. The first step in applying is to submit the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Please contact a Financial Aid counselor at (803) 807-5036 to discuss any questions.

Our program focuses on equipping Christian educators to think, teach, and lead biblically in educational settings throughout the world. This approach provides a biblical foundation for a career in teaching. Graduates will think Christianly about the profession of teaching as well as the nature and needs of children.

Students satisfactorily completing the M.A.T. are recommended for initial teacher certification in South Carolina, which has a reciprocity agreement with most states. Since certification requirements do vary from state to state, students are advised to make themselves familiar with the requirements of states in which they may want to teach.

The program can be completed in 18-36 months, depending on the needs of the student. Students with three years of approved teaching experience can apply for a waiver of student teaching and thus complete the program in as little as one year.

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree prepares students to teach in early childhood or elementary education classrooms in Christian, International, private and public schools. Students satisfactorily completing the specified requirements will be recommended for South Carolina initial teacher certification in early childhood (PK-3) and elementary education (2-6). Graduates of the program are also eligible for an Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) certification.

Please contact an Admissions Counselor, schedule a campus visit, or call the Admissions office at (800) 777-2227.

Financial aid, including scholarships, grants, and loans, is available. The first step in applying is to submit the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Please contact a Financial Aid counselor at (803) 807-5036 to discuss any questions.

Yes, a limited number of education courses are offered on campus during summer intensives as well as online during the fall and spring terms.

No.  However, teacher certification usually requires some linguistic knowledge.  Teacher certification agencies (varies from state to state) sometimes require one course in linguistics and one course in syntax. To meet these criteria, our program includes Linguistics 1 and English Syntax.

Yes, this degree prepares graduates to teach in K-12 classrooms in Christian schools, International schools, and English Language Institutes worldwide. Upon completing this program, students can be recommended to receive Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) K-12 certification in TESOL. Students will also be exposed to adult learner strategies within some of the coursework and therefore are prepared to teach adults should that be required.

The program can be completed in 12 months or more, depending on the needs of the student.

Please contact an Admissions Counselor or schedule a campus visit through www.ciu.edu or by calling 1.800.777.2227.

Financial aid, including scholarships, grants, and loans, is available. The first step in applying is to submit the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Please contact a Financial Aid Counselor at (803) 807-5036 to discuss any questions.

Our program focuses on equipping Christian educators to think, teach, and lead biblically in educational settings throughout the world. This approach provides a biblical foundation for a career in teaching. Graduates will think Christianly about the profession of teaching as well as the nature and needs of children.

Students satisfactorily completing the M.A.T. are recommended for initial teacher certification in South Carolina, which has a reciprocity agreement with most states. Since certification requirements do vary from state to state, students are advised to make themselves familiar with the requirements of states in which they may want to teach.

The program can be completed in 18-36 months, depending on the needs of the student. Students with three years of approved teaching experience can apply for a waiver of student teaching and thus complete the program in as little as one year.

A freestanding 12.5 hour TEFL certificate is available to students who meet certain admission requirements. Please contact the TEFL program director or Graduate School Admissions for further information.

Currently Intercultural Studies elective courses and the TEFL internship course are offered in the summer. All other courses are offered only in the fall and spring semesters.

Non-native speakers of English can do well in TEFL. To begin this degree program, however, you must satisfy standard admission requirements and attain a minimum score of 600 on the paper-based TOEFL or 250 on the computer-based TOEFL.

The TEFL classroom focuses on communication; it is quite different from tenth grade English. Nevertheless, it's wise to work on your knowledge and use of English as a role model for your students. We'll help you learn how to teach English in creative ways that bring results.

Columbia is a recognized center for missions studies. This program places emphasis on developing practical teaching skills through classroom instruction, field education, and an internship. The strong intercultural studies component prepares students to serve in a wide variety of cultural contexts.

Yes, especially if you choose to take the Biblical Studies Research Methodology course and produce a definitive scholarly essay on some aspect of Old or New Testament interpretation. Our graduates have entered a wide variety of highly respected doctoral programs both in the USA and abroad.

Yes. The two year extended internship provides for just this. The second year involves a supervised teaching experience in a formal setting.

Yes. The curriculum provides not only for content mastery but also for developing one's teaching and mentoring skills.

Yes. This track requires introductory grammar and exegesis courses in the two ancient languages of the Bible. Advanced courses also are offered as free electives.

No.  This degree and concentration can be completed through our Access CIU program.  This will allow you to maintain your current ministry or employment while doing distance education courses and intnesive on-campus courses.  Ordinarily, this will require a minimum of five years.

Courses offered during regular semesters are usually taught once a week during the day, in the evening, or on selected weekends. We also offer one-week intensive courses during January and during the summer months. Online courses are also available. Not all courses are available in every format every semester but there is considerable scheduling flexibility.

Yes. Up to one-half of your courses can be transferred in from other accredited seminaries. These courses must be compatible with the CIU SSM curriculum.

Yes. The M.Div. degree is the prerequisite for the Doctor of Ministry, the highest professional degree in the pastoral field. If, on the other hand, you desire to pursue Ph.D. work in a biblical or theological discipline, then you should consider our M.Div. (Academic Ministries) degree. Our M.Div. graduates have done well in both kinds of doctoral programs.

Yes. The M.Div. degree exposes the student to a broad range of disciplines relevant to pastoral ministry. The Bible Exposition concentration includes additional emphasis in teaching and preaching. Many denominations and local churches require or expect the M.Div. for ordination.

This lays the foundation for professional ministry in a variety of church roles. It includes studies in the biblical languages which equip the graduate for the ministry of the Word. It also meets academic prerequisites for future doctoral studies in ministry.

Local churches continue to engage the nations in innovative and strategic ways. Global studies will also serve you well right in your local community as you discover your cultural distinctives and learn to serve your multi-cultural world at home.

In Ministry Care, students will be trained how to help an individual or a ministry organization grow spiritually by creating structured plans and walking with the individual/ministry as they seek to develop in Christ-like health.  This may take months or longer to achieve.  By contrast, chaplaincy is often a brief interaction to help stabilize an individual in a relational, physical, emotional or spiritual crisis.

In the Ministry Care track you will be trained by six (6) professional counseling faculty and adjuncts.  In addition you will be trained by at least seven (7) other men and women in Bible, Missions, Theology, and Preaching classes.  This will insure that you have a variety of influences to create a relational lens within Scripture rather than being confined to the limitations of just one or two faculty.

The M.Div. (Ministry Care) is designed for those who plan to lead people in ministry as well as address people's pain and difficulties, issues that can hold a person back from enjoying God and all that He has promised.  Ministry roles such as Associate Pastor, Small Groups Ministry/Pastor, Shepherding Pastor, Pastor of Spiritual Ministry, Co-ministry Leader, Pastoral Counselor, lay counseling pastor, care giver to ministry or missionary staff, member care, marriage and pre-marital and recovery/restoration ministries are increasingly needed in today's Christian organizations both in the States and overseas.

In addition the M.Div. is the required degree for ordination in a number of denominations.

No. This program is designed to prepare you for ministry care positions in a church or a Christian institution. The program does not include the requirements for state licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor. If you need licensure, see our M.A. in Counseling program.

Yes! Although there are divergent views on ordination of women and women in leadership, CIU Seminary & School of Ministry exists to serve the local Church. We recognize that many denominations and churches ordain women. Female graduates from CIU Seminary & School of Ministry serve in various positions, including as church/ministry-related and Christian school counselors.

Yes. Both in the counseling lab on campus (observational practice) and in your practicum and internships you will be required to engage in supervised ministry.

"Pastoral counseling," as taught at CIU Seminary & School of Ministry, relies primarily on the Word of God, but scientific or research based information consistent with the scriptures also is recognized as a resource in counseling. Pastoral counselors provide God's perspective on difficulties or situations while helping counselees become free and fulfilled. They may work with Christians or non-Christians. "Biblical counselors" use only the Bible and often focus on sin that needs to be confessed and repented of before healing can occur. They work almost exclusively with Christians.

Contact CIU SSM Admissions at (800) 777-2227 ext. 5024.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Please contact an Admissions Counselor or schedule a campus visit by calling (800) 777-2227.

Financial aid, including scholarships, grants, and loans, is available. The first step in applying is to submit the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Please contact a Financial Aid Counselor at (803) 807-5036 to discuss any questions.

The M.Ed. program can be viewed as part of the educators’ responsibilities within their schools. Course assignments and program projects will be designed for immediate application. The curriculum is designed for its relevancy to current practice and will be directly applicable to present and future educational roles, whether as administrators, curriculum specialists, or faculty.

Although two years teaching or administrative experience, teacher certification, or education degree is preferred, a limited number of students without one of these experiences, who otherwise meet requirements, with exceptional leadership qualities may be considered. Prerequisite course work or internships could be required.

Almost all students are practicing educators with full schedules. Through a variety of instructional formats, with both year-round online and intensive summer campus courses, the program can be completed in 2-4 years depending on the needs of the student.

There is no thesis requirement. However, as a means of pursuing areas of personal and professional interests, classroom projects allow for practical application within students’ current educational settings.

Our program focuses on equipping Christian educators to think, teach, and lead biblically in educational settings throughout the world. The program centers on a biblical philosophy of education, administration, and curriculum design. God's Word is used as an evaluative measure for both content and instruction within diverse educational settings.

Please contact an Admissions Counselor or schedule a campus visit by calling (800) 777-2227.

Financial aid, including scholarships, grants, and loans, is available. The first step in applying is to submit the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Please contact a Financial Aid Counselor at (803) 807-5036 to discuss any questions.

The M.Ed. program can be viewed as part of the educators’ responsibilities within their schools. Course assignments and program projects will be designed for immediate application. The curriculum is designed for its relevancy to current practice and will be directly applicable to present and future educational roles, whether as administrators, curriculum specialists, or faculty.

Although two years teaching or administrative experience, teacher certification, or education degree is preferred, a limited number of students without one of these experiences, who otherwise meet requirements, with exceptional leadership qualities may be considered. Prerequisite course work or internships could be required.

Almost all students are practicing educators with full schedules. Through a variety of instructional formats, with both year-round online and intensive summer campus courses, the program can be completed in 2-4 years depending on the needs of the student.

There is no thesis requirement. However, as a means of pursuing areas of personal and professional interests, classroom projects allow for practical application within students’ current educational settings.

Our program focuses on equipping Christian educators to think, teach, and lead biblically in educational settings throughout the world. The program centers on a biblical philosophy of education, administration, and curriculum design. God's Word is used as an evaluative measure for both content and instruction within diverse educational settings.

Absolutely! Many evangelical churches are within walking distance of the JUC campus. JUC also offers Friday night services for all students and staff. In addition, students in the Middle Eastern Studies program have field education ministry assignments during their time in Jerusalem.

JUC provides students the chance to study in a truly international context! Students from other Christian colleges in the United States make up most of the undergraduate population, but you'll also meet and develop relationships with students from many different countries.

Both CIU and JUC work with students to ensure they adapt well to Middle Eastern culture. You will receive a good orientation before you leave and once you arrive. Few students have any significant problems.

JUC provides a good orientation so that students know how to live safely in the Middle East. In over 40 years of existence, JUC students have never experienced a problem. Of course, "common sense" safety rules that would apply in the USA also apply in Israel.

Good news! Any financial aid you receive at CIU usually applies toward your studies at JUC because of CIU's consortial relationship with JUC. You're one of us, even though you're in Israel!

Students in other majors are welcome to participate in private and class music lessons, ensembles, and various music courses. Involvement in these aspects of the Music program can help students fulfill some of their general education requirements.

Yes we do. In addition to scholarships based on financial need, the Music department awards merit scholarships to qualified Music majors. Recipients will be selected by the Music faculty on the basis of personal audition or a submitted tape of the student's performance.

No, but several of our graduates are successfully teaching in Christian schools based upon their undergraduate degree. Another student combined her undergraduate degree in Music with a Master's program in Elementary Education, thus being certified to teach in an elementary school with ample opportunity to use her music training.

A number are involved in part-time and full-time music ministry positions in local churches. One has his own recording studio. One is active as a teacher in a Christian school in North Carolina. Several sing in opera productions at the Newberry Opera House. In summary, some make a career by being full-time musicians; the majority use music bi-vocationally; and most, if not all, use their music skills in ministry.

No. It is illegal and unethical to duplicate copyrighted materials. All course materials and multimedia resources are under copyright. All rights are reserved.

Yes! Course materials can be used apart from taking a course without special authorization.

Contact the Center for Educational Innovation and Development at ceid@ciu.edu or (803) 807-5710, explain the problem, and provide details on what item you purchased. Please include the dates and revision number printed on the disc. We will replace defective media.

The CIU Bookstore will refund the cost of the materials for courses within the first 15 days of the purchase if materials are in new condition. No shipping charges will be refunded. There are no returns on chapel messages or multimedia (including course CDs), only replacement for defective merchandise. Online course CD's and DVD's listed as optional are not eligible for returns or refunds. Contact bookstore@ciu.edu or 803-807-5263, for more information or with specific questions.

Online orders require a major credit card. The order will be billed to your credit card when the order is placed. In-person orders may be paid for by check, credit card, or cash. For assistance, call the bookstore at (803) 807-5263, or e-mail bookstore@ciu.edu.

The CIU bookstore does not offer discounts on materials.

Orders are generally filled within two weeks. Items that are on backorder may take longer.

Yes! All online course materials, chapel messages, and other multimedia educational materials can be purchased apart from taking a course. For pricing and online ordering, visit www.ciu.edu/bookstore or call the bookstore at (803) 807-5263.

Materials can be ordered through the CIU Bookstore, by phone at (803) 807-5263, or in person on the lower level in the Rossi Student Center. Materials cannot be ordered from or picked up at the Center for Educational Innovation and Development; all orders must go through the CIU Bookstore. For questions about orders, e-mail bookstore@ciu.edu.

Put CD in computer then:
For Windows: Double click on my computer, then double click on CD, then double click on index.htm
For MAC: Double click on the CD Icon on the desktop, then double click on "click here to start".

Go to www.ciuonline.com and login using your username and password. Choose the course in which you would like to complete your course evaluation. Once you are in the course, find the "Course Evaluation" link on the course page (in many courses, it is either at the top of the page near the syllabus, or at the bottom of the page after all final work and exams). Answer all the questions then click on the submit button to ensure that your answers are recorded.

Call the IT Help Desk at (803) 807-5199, or e-mail helpdesk@ciu.edu. Support is available 8:00 am to 5:00 pm EST, weekdays.

Yes. Special arrangements can be made for students who have only temporary or limited Internet access. Students who do not have Broadband should purchase the optional course CD's. All courses include online assignments and/or discussions.

Please confirm that you have the following necessary technology to participate in the online course: a computer running Windows XP or higher, or a Macintosh computer running OS X, 10.2, or later; High-speed internet access; a DVD player and speakers. Software requirements include: the latest versions of Google Chrome, Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, and VLC. [Google Chrome, Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, VLC]

Once you have your username and password, point your web browser to www.ciuonline.com. Enter your username and password and you're in. Click on "Courses" in the menu on the left side of the screen to access any courses in which you are registered. If you need assistance with CIUOnline, call the Help Desk at (803) 807-5199, or e-mail helpdesk@ciu.edu.

Once you have applied to CIU and been accepted as a student, you will receive a CIUOnline username and password. Please change the assigned password to a unique one that you will remember. The same username and password will be used for all courses you take at CIU and for access to grades, e-mail, and registration. You will be required to change your password once a year for security reasons.

Course website questions: Center for Educational Innovation and Development at ceid@ciu.edu or (803) 807-5710
Course questions: Your grader or professor, see the course website for contact information
Registration: Registrar's Office at registrar@ciu.edu or (803) 807-5059
Admissions: Admissions Office at yesciu@ciu.edu or (803) 807- 5335
Payment/Refund: Accounting Office at ciuaccounting@ciu.edu or
(803) 807-5055
Books and material: CIU Bookstore at bookstore@ciu.edu or
(803) 807-5263
Technical help: Help Desk at helpdesk@ciu.edu or (803) 807-5199
Library: Library Reference Desk at refdesk@ciu.edu or (803) 807-5102
 

Your final grade will be posted to your online student account. You can check your grade by logging on to your account at www.ciuonline.com. See the Course Calendar & Deadlines for dates when grades will be posted. The Center for Educational Innovation and Development cannot release grade information.

All course work must be received by your Grader by noon the day before graduation.

Go to www.ciuonline.com and login using your username and password. Choose the course in which you would like to complete your course evaluation. Once you are in the course, find the "Course Evaluation" link on the course page (in many courses, it is either at the top of the page near the syllabus, or at the bottom of the page after all final work and exams). Answer all the questions then click on the submit button so your answers are recorded.

If you require an accommodation for completing any assignment or taking exams, please contact the CIU Director of Academic Services at (803) 807-5612. Approval must be granted ahead of time.

Students taking online courses have access to a reference librarian, the library catalog, and several research databases at www.ciu.edu/library. On request, the library will send materials from the CIU collection to you anywhere in the world. Be sure to mention the number and title of the online course you are taking and explain your topic carefully. The reference librarian will help you locate materials for your course assignments. For assistance, contact the reference librarian at refdesk@ciu.edu fax: (803) 744-1391, phone: (803) 807-5102.
 

Go to www.ciuonline.com and click on "Student Webmail" on the left hand side of the page. Then enter your username and password. Then click on the Settings button on the top of the page. Then click on the "Mail Forwarding Options" and follow the instructions given.

For reasons of security and confidentiality, all communications from CIU personnel will be sent to your CIUOnline e-mail account. (username@mailbox.ciu.edu) You may set this account to forward to an outside address if you wish; however; CIU does not assume responsibility for confidential information forwarded to an outside e-mail provider.

Please keep a copy of all work you submit. You will need to resubmit work if it is not received by the grader.

All of the assignments for this course have been divided into a series of Progress Reports. The Progress Report lists the work to be completed and submitted for grading. Submit assignments to the online course drop/box as soon as you have completed the work for that Progress Report. Do not submit more than one Progress Report at one time.

A final grade will be processed based on the work that has been completed for the course. Any work not submitted will be calculated as a zero.

Students taking an Undergraduate course may petition for a six-month extension if 50% of the course work is completed satisfactorily at least 30 days before the end of the semester. Extensions are not available for students taking Seminary or Graduate School courses.

You will have approximately four months for the Fall and Spring courses and two months for Summer courses. Students taking Undergraduate and Graduate School courses can begin work anytime after the syllabus is posted and work may be submitted for grading once you have registered for the course. All work is to be completed by the end of the semester. See the Course Calendar & Deadlines for specific dates. Students in Undergraduate or Graduate courses may petition for an extension, see "What if I need more time to finish a course?" below.

Syllabi for upcoming semesters are posted online at www.ciu.edu/distance. You can purchase materials and begin working on a course anytime after the syllabus is posted. Registration for Summer and Fall courses opens in April, and registration for Spring courses opens in November. Students registered for Undergraduate and Graduate School courses may begin submitting assignments for grading once they are officially registered (see the Course Calendar & Deadlines for specific dates). Students in Seminary courses may begin submitting assignments once the semester begins.

Yes! You can take any combination of online and on-campus courses; however, not more than 49% of a degree program may be taken through online courses. Freshmen and sophomore undergraduate students with a cumulative GPA below 2.0 cannot take independent courses as part of a semester load without a waiver from the Undergraduate Dean's Office.

CIU is a regionally accredited university, and generally, courses transfer readily; however, the college receiving transfer credit sets policies regarding transfer, so check with the school you wish to transfer credit to prior to registering for a course. For more information on transfer registration, contact the CIU Registrar's Office at registrar@ciu.edu or (803) 807-5059.

Yes, students taking online courses may be eligible for financial aid if they are enrolled in a degree program at CIU. Students who are eligible may receive Federal and state funds. Students who wish to receive aid must complete the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov . All online courses qualify for military Tuition Assistance and Veteran's Benefits. For more information on financial aid, contact CIU's Student Financial Services Office at finaid@ciu.edu or (803) 807-5036.

Courses are designed with textbook readings, audio/video lectures, online class discussion, written assignments and projects, online quizzes and examinations. Work is submitted in progress reports; exams are taken through approved proctors online. You will need to commit approximately 10 hours per week in a Fall or Spring online course, and 20 hours per week in a Summer online course

Current syllabi are available online. Click on the courses link, then find the course you want to view and click on the course title.

Yes! CIU is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS 1866 Southern Lane P.O. Box 1523 Decatur, GA 30033-4097) and the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). Seminary programs are accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).

Online courses in Bible, Education, Church History, Theology, Intercultural Studies, Hebrew, and Greek.

The Student Senate is the executive cabinet responsible for representing the students before the administration and communicating back to the students. The presidents of all student organizations serve on the Senate with the four student senate executive officers. Opportunities for leadership also include; The Student Union, Student Mission Connection, The Finial, Married Student Association, African American Student Association, Grad Life Council, Mu Kappa, The Exchange, International Students Ministries, The Credo, Freshmen Leadership Team, Class Officers and Pilgrims Protest.

81%.  This is the fourth highest in the state for private institutions.

CIU is made up of many denominations of people and is unaffiliated. We strive towards a basis of evangelical unity. 

Undergraduate: 47% male students and 53% female students.  Graduate and Seminary: 56% male students and 44% female students.

Security patrols campus night and day. Campus Security can be reached at (803) 513-3967.

If a student is transferring in less than 24 credits, they need to proceed with the normal registration process including a high school transcript and test scores. However, if they are transferring in more than 24 credits, the high school transcript and test scores are not necessary.

TraveLearn is a department dedicated to helping students receive cross cultural experiences by providing opportunities for foreign internships, study tours, student teaching, and semesters abroad.

CIU holds an annual church fair made up of 30-40 churches that are connected CIU. The students can speak to members and leaders of the churches as well as talk to other students that attend those churches. CIU also has curriculum within the core classes that requires students to attend several different congregations.

The freshman class is guided by their leadership in a way that builds unity among the students. Recreational outings, group building activities, and scheduled events are all planned by the Freshman Leadership Team.

CIU have the following teams competing at the collegiate level: Men's Soccer, Men's and Women's Cross Country, Men's and Women's Basketball.

CIU has a variety of intramural sports which include; Co-Ed Volleyball, Co-Ed Flag Football, Co-Ed Dodge ball, Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Co-Ed Indoor Soccer, and Co-Ed Ultimate Frisbee.

Students also enjoy hiking and biking our 7 miles of trails on our beautiful 400 acre campus.

Under the ADA requirements, disability accommodations are provided on an individualized basis and can include test adjustments, printed media reformatted to audio, course substitution, readers, tutors, note-takers, study groups, proctored testing etc. CLEP testing and proctoring missed and distance course exams are additional services provided through Academic Services.

CIU is equipped with a team of chaplains for individuals as well as married students. They are an essential resource. CIU also offers a masters in counseling which affords the institution opportunities for professional counseling.

CIU has a team that offers help with resume construction, interviewing, career assessments and job application activities. We also offer a job board that allows students to post resumes online and be informed of job opportunities.

Each vocational course taught at CIU is taught from a biblical world view. This means that though the student may be learning communications, teaching, or business principles, they are also learning how to apply ethical, moral, and biblical skills to other parts of their life.

In the area of theological, Christ-like essentials CIU holds a fairly conservative view. CIU built its foundation on biblical principles and strives to be an institution that focuses on the character and heart of the student. All other attributes of the students should reflect that desire.

Sixty-four (64) percent of graduates were employed within 3 months of graduation. Most of our graduates pursue a full-time career in the ministry (64%). Other fields include business (48%), education (20%), and non-profit (9%).

Undergraduate: average class size is 20 students.  Graduate and Seminary: average class size is 14 students.

CIU offers a variety of intramural sports. Intramural sports are free for all students, staff and alumni. Students enjoy a variety of intramural sports, including Co-Ed Flag Football, Co-Ed Volleyball, Men's Basketball, Co-Ed Indoor Soccer, and Co-Ed Ultimate Frisbee.

We are excited about our new intercollegiate sports program! We currently compete in the following sports:  men’s soccer, men's and women's cross country, and men's and women's basketball . We look forward to the addition of women’s volleyball, baseball, softball, and women’s soccer over the next 5 to 6 years.  Take a look at our athletics program HERE.

Students can have cars on campus.  There is a parking permit fee per year.

Students cannot have TV’s in their dorm rooms, but there are TV’s in the student center and in the lounges in each dorm.  Students may have laptop computers and can watch movies and have video games in their rooms.

All single Undergraduate students under 23 are required to live on campus. Undergraduate students living with family within commuting distance (50 miles) must live on campus their first two semesters at CIU. Students may move off campus if they will turn 23 during that semester. Seniors and those who are 22 may petition to live in the on-campus apartments. For additional information regarding housing requirements and appeals contact the Residence Life Office (803) 807-5485.

The minimum admissions requirements are a 2.0 high school GPA, and a 1290 (out of 2400) on the SAT or an ACT score of 18 (out of 36).

The average scores for students entering in Fall 2010 is 1097 SAT, 23 ACT and a 3.57 GPA.

All jobs for students can be found on CIUOnline under Career Services listed on the Main Menu. Under the On-Campus Student Employment section, students can view all current on-campus job openings, plus read instructions about student employment and download an application. On-campus student worker jobs are also posted on bulletin boards located in the Student Center, next to the Bookstore and by the HR/Career Services offices on the second floor of the Administration building.

All off-campus jobs are posted on the CIU JobBoard, also located on CIUOnline, under Career Services. Students must register first using their Student ID number as their Access ID and then can search for all types of jobs. There are part-time, full-time, volunteer, internships and seasonal job postings. Job searches can be done by location (local, statewide, national and international) and by type of job.

Find more information about Career Services.

It means that the student can work in a Federal Work Study approved on-campus or community service job to earn funds to help finance his/her education. Almost all student worker jobs on CIU's campus are Federal Work Study (FWS) approved. A FWS student can apply for any approved opening but there is no guarantee of employment. All applicants for student worker jobs must go through the normal hiring process. The award amount means that the student can earn up to that amount without having to claim it as income on the next FAFSA form.

Yes. All registered students (Federal Work Study approved or not) are eligible for student worker positions. Jobs range from various positions in the Cafeteria and Library to highly technical jobs in IT or faculty assistantships. Students must apply directly to the departments that are hiring and may not always get their first choice, but if persistent and not overly picky, everyone who wants to work on campus can find something.

All students working on a degree and taking classes on campus are required to complete a Pre-registration Medical Requirements form. This form must be completed in full before a student can register for classes. The student will need to provide proof of insurance coverage, proof of tuberculosis screening within one year prior to enrollment and documentation of measles/rubella vaccination.

The Health Services clinic is open Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (closed during chapel and lunch) Contact Health Services by calling (803) 807-5056.

Services are provided include:

  • Walk-in clinics, Monday - Friday, for nursing assessment and recommendations
  • Doctor's clinic by appointment weekly (Minimal fee)
  • Referrals (medical, dental, chiropractic, etc.)
  • Many over the counter medications at low cost

We can make them a sack lunch or take-out box for the meals that they are missing in the cafeteria.

Yes, just call the Food Services office, (803) 807-5276, and we will set it up for you. We need at least a 24 hour advance notice.

Diet restrictions due to allergies or health problems are handled like any other disability through the office of Academic Success Center.

Contact the Academic Success Center, (803) 807-5611, and request the verification of disability packet. The verification form will need to be completed by your health care professional and returned with a copy of their diagnostic report to the ADS Office. It is best to do this as early as possible as some accommodations take time to put into place.

Yes, CIU does accept CLEP credit. The catalog lists the CLEP tests accepted by CIU and the courses which students can test out of. The office of Academic & Disability Services administers the CLEP program here at CIU and can answer additional questions.

All of the major buildings on campus have wireless capability. Currently there is WiFi access in: all residence halls, the Student Center, the Computer Lab, the Library, the Fitness Center, the classroom buildings and the Alumni Building.

No, the library has numerous "public access" computers for student use. In addition, the computer lab has several other computers from which students can access the library website, catalog, and electronic databases.

No, students are not required to have a laptop. The Student Computing Center, located on the second floor of the Ridderhof Building, provides computers for use by students. A sign-in which permits access to the university's academic computing resources is available at the Student Computing Center front desk. Computers on campus are PC-compatible and run on a Microsoft Windows platform. For additional assistance or questions, contact (803) 807-5147 or helpdesk@ciu.edu.

No, we will have instructors for various classes, but they are third party and not employed by the school. We do not have personal trainers--although the athletic deptartment staff can give you some help in this area.

No, but the Teacher Education department will be offering a class this spring.

Yes, the gym is included in the tuition and fees for all full-time students (part-time students do have an additional fee to pay).

All students should apply for financial aid by completing the FAFSA and the CIU Scholarship Application. The Office of Student Financial Services receives the ISIR (Institutional Student Information Report) from the FAFSA processor several business days after the FAFSA is completed by the student. Student Financial Services will contact the student via the email address reported on the FAFSA to request additional documentation if needed. Next the student's eligibility will be determined. If aid is awarded, a weblink to the online financial aid award letter will be emailed to the student.

Go to the CIU Registrar for information about commencement. The student that is graduating is another good source of information - they are given the dates and times at the beginning of the semester.

Again, even with the permission slip, we are bound by what we can discuss with parents. This needs to be communication between the student and the Registrar's office.

According to FERPA regulations, only your student can give you that information. Even if we have the permission slip giving parents access to student's academic information, we cannot give out grades - even to the student.

Yes, on campus students are required to attend chapel four days a week (Tuesday through Friday). For many students chapel times are a highlight of their CIU experience.

Living with another person is a life skill. The Student Life team will work to assist the students in learning to communicate with one another. There are RAs (Residence Assistants) on each floor who will provide help with these issues. After seeking assistance from an RA, the student can talk with Mike Thompson, the Director of Residence Life, or a Student Life Chaplain if the problem continues. It is our policy to only make room assignment changes at the end of the semester, but exceptions will be made if it is deemed absolutely necessary.

*In light of FERPA which indicates parents can only be contacted with student permission*

We want to encourage parent-student communication and involvement. The Student Life team will share their own phone with a student to assist in calling parents if there is a medical emergency or we have the student authorize us so that we can contact parents. However, when it comes to students involved in counseling, etc., we encourage the student to personally communicate with the parent.
 

The fact that our students cannot go to Greenville or Charlotte for a concert and be back before 1 a.m. or 2 a.m. helps make the case for the later curfew. However, the main point is that learning to make choices and balance one's own time is a major part of the college experience. Students rarely use the late curfew, but it is there when it is needed. If they use it a lot in their first semester they realize it cannot continue and make changes rather quickly.

CIU has 6 traditional residence halls which house mainly undergraduates. Each semester approximately 330 students live in our residence halls.

All single undergraduate students under 23 are required to live on campus.  Undergraduate students living with family within commuting distance (50 miles) must live on campus during their first two semesters at CIU.  Students may move off campus if they will turn 23 during that semester.  Seniors and those who are 22 may petition to live in the on-campus apartments.

Yes, we have residence halls set aside for freshmen students. There is an intentional environment set-up to encourage growth for CIU's first year students. We have a dedicated team of upperclassman leaders called the Freshman Leadership Team that works to encourage your student to strengthen their relationship with the Lord and with their peers. The FLT is committed to providing a supportive, caring, and enthusiastic environment to help your student to embrace all that God wants them to be. The team is made up of 15 upperclassmen: 9 females, 6 males - for a total of 3 upperclassmen per floor.

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Student organizations help foster the mission of CIU among the student body. The various student leaders represent student concerns and needs to the administration and organize a variety of student events. CIU has a variety of organizations plus the various class and prayer groups that meet throughout the school year.

The earliest a student can apply for admission is the summer of their junior year. Click here to apply.

Spring 2013: early deadline of December 1, 2012 ($45 fee); late deadline of January 1, 2013 ($65 fee).

Fall 2013: early deadline of May 15, 2013 ($45 fee); late deadline of July 1, 2013 ($65 fee).

Spring 2014: early deadline of November 1, 2013 ($45 fee); late deadline of December 1, 2013 ($65 fee).

All of these areas are covered in the curriculum. In addition, we cover such topics as ordination, leadership, finances, special services like weddings and funerals, and the planning and implementation of mission and evangelism programs.

Our graduates consistently report that they found themselves well prepared for their studies in seminary. Their training in the Bible, in Greek, and in preaching and teaching puts them a step ahead when they enter seminary.

Every semester, CIU students are involved in field education in which they actively participate in serving the Lord. Students not only learn about ministry, they learn in ministry. Also, a vital component of the Pastoral Ministries major is the internship program which allows the student to function in an actual church setting.

The Greek courses in the program are designed to be practical. We want students to use Greek in their Bible study and sermon preparation for the rest of their lives. With that goal in mind, we emphasize practical methods and the effective use of study tools.

The program provides an effective method for preparing and presenting a biblical message. Students have opportunities to gain experience through their preaching classes and field education assignments. Those who come to CIU with previous preaching experience have a chance to sharpen their skills under the guidance of an experienced faculty.

Yes!  A number of graduates have distinguished themselves in the business community as CFOs, VPs of Marketing, and as Personnel Officers.   A number of our graduates have become Youth and Senior Ministers in churches, and worked as Member Care Specialists for missionary organizations.  Some of our graduates have become Lawyers of organizations that specialize in protecting our religious liberties.   Some of our graduates now serve as College Professors.  If a person wishes to use the education to be an effective “ministry spouse” and parent, our Psychology Program has proven effective for their purposes, too.  Our CIU Psychology Major, coupled with a full major in Bible and Theology, can provide an excellent basis for work with people – over the course of a lifetime. 

Many of our graduates, upon completion of a graduate school program and their required supervision hours, are now gainfully employed as Professional Counselors, Psychologists, and Social Workers.   They have worked for Christian and secular agencies, both here in the United States and overseas.  Even right out of our undergraduate Psychology Program, a large number of our graduates have been able to find work as County Case Managers and as Psych Techs in large hospitals and other treatment facilities.        

Yes!   We rigorously teach Research Statistics, Research Methods, and Physiological Psychology.  We also teach Professional Ethics in our Counseling and Research courses, and we give preference to “evidence based” counseling methods and developmental theories.    Some of our recent graduates have had their way paid through graduate school, because they were able to serve as Research and Teaching Assistants in the departments where they received their graduate training.   We are excited about the fact that the counseling and helping procedures that are the most biblical are also the ones that receive the most support in professional research literature.   Each year, our graduates gain admissions to elite graduate programs that consistently accept less than 10% of their applicants.    

We are not a “Bible only” program, but we do attempt to provide something better than individualistic and often illogical “integration.”  We attempt to achieve biblical consistency in everything we teach and do.  At every turn, we attempt to build our knowledge base and procedures from the biblical view of humankind.   We attempt to be Christians first – meaning that we want to be known as those whose are faithful to the Lord and his Word before we concern ourselves about being professional in our work as counselors, psychologists, and/or educators. 

Please contact an Admissions Counselor or schedule a campus visit by calling (800) 777-2227.    

Financial aid, including scholarships, grants, and loans, is available. The first step in applying is to submit the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Please contact a Financial Aid Counselor at (803) 807-5036 to discuss any questions.

A minor in education is offered for those students who wish to supplement their other majors or minors with a practical background in educational principles and best practice.

Our program focuses on equipping Christian educators to think, teach, and lead biblically in educational settings throughout the world. This approach provides a biblical foundation for a career in teaching.  Graduates will think Christianly about the profession of teaching as well as the nature and needs of children.

Students earn two degrees in five years. They are equipped to serve in Christian, International, private, and public schools. They enter the profession without the need to immediately plan for graduate studies. The program structure provides a seamless transition from undergraduate to graduate studies.

Students who complete the M.A.T. and specified South Carolina state requirements can be recommended for initial certification in early childhood and elementary education. Graduates of the program are also eligible for an Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) certification in elementary education with endorsements in early childhood and Bible.  For those completing designated courses, an ACSI endorsement in ESOL is available.

Traditional students could complete both degrees in five years.

The College of Education has an early childhood (PK-3) and elementary (2-6) education licensure program that leads to a Bachelor’s degree in Bible and a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree within five years. During the undergraduate program, students will earn a minor in education that will lay the foundation and provide experiences for the profession of teaching.  Students will also pursue a supporting minor by exploring various fields of study (e.g., TEFL, Psychology, Youth Ministry, Teaching Bible, Applied English, Outdoor Leadership, etc.).

Please contact Tina Tindle at 1.800.777.2227, ext. 5058 or by email at visitciu@ciu.edu.

  • The week of the event you will receive an email with your host information.
  • We will connect you with your host during Residence hall check-in. 

CIU provides complimentary pick up and drop off at the Columbia Airport. Please arrange pick up/drop off at least two weeks in advance. Contact Tina Tindle at 1.800.777.2227, ext. 5058 or visitciu@ciu.edu.

Yes! You can send any changes to your guest number to visitciu@ciu.edu. Please indicate event title and event date along with the changes.

Yes. We will have registration forms available at registration. Please note: Students must register at least 2 weeks before the event if they wish to stay ovenight in the residence halls.

If your friend is also interested in attending CIU, he or she is considered a prospective student and MUST register too. Guests (parents, family friends, family members) are not considered prospective students and do not need to register; however, please indicate your number of guests on your registration form.

The dress for CIU Preview is casual. Students typically wear t-shirts/other tops and jeans/pants/skirts to class.Please do not wear shorts. To view our dress code click Student Handbook

Your Bible and, if spending the night in the residence halls, a sleeping bag, pillow, toiletries, towel, alarm clock, and umbrella (if forecast calls for rain).

A hotel list is available for married students and/or family members/guests staying overnight in the Columbia area. CIU also has a limited number of guest rooms available for $55/night in our Alumni Center.

Yes! Feel free to invite your family or other guests. Note that no childcare will be provided.

The only cost incurred by students participating in the event is travel to and from Columbia. Meals are provided for all prospective students and their guests. CIU also provides complimentary overnight accommodations in the Residence Halls for single prospective students who request to stay on campus at least 2 weeks prior to the event.

“I can’t think of any more appropriate setting or curriculum to be equipped with the necessary tools for youth ministry.  This program will teach you to be engaged in Scripture and with youth in dynamic ways, and will help you learn more about yourself than ever before.”
Jamie Smith (Junior)

“The Youth Ministry program opens your eyes to the fact that you can do Youth Ministry outside of a church.  It gives you a variety of experiences, ranging from Counseling to Cross Cultural Youth Ministry to Outdoor Leadership.”
David Nichelson (Senior)

"My professors mentored and challenged me in my walk with Christ inside and outside the classroom.  I didn’t feel like a student.  I felt like a friend.  Watching their authenticity and passion for being a Christ follower had a tremendous impact on my own personal walk with Christ.  I don’t believe there is a better place than CIU to prepare you for student ministry.”
Brent Metcalf
Youth Pastor (Middle and High School Ministries)
Brevard Community Church in Brevard, NC

“The knowledge I gained from studying and researching prepared me for preaching and teaching the Word of God, and gave me the wisdom I need to work with youth.  CIU helped me see the importance of God in everything I do and to realize who I am in Jesus Christ.  Through CIU, I found the gifts and talents that exist within me, and I became bold and courageous.  My CIU experiences with God, professors, and friends changed my life.”
LaToya Reed
Assistant chaplain and Spiritual Development Volunteer Coordinator
South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice

“Youth Ministries Director Dr. David Olshine set a high standard for me and my classmates.  When I graduated from Columbia International University, I knew that I was part of a ministry movement that was making a difference in the world and Dr. Olshine played a crucial role in that outcome.”
Bryant Laird
On staff with World Changers and Power-Plant North American Mission Board

  • Church Youth Pastor/Worker (middle school, high school, & college)
  • At Risk Youth at Department of Juvenile Justice or Group Homes
  • Urban/Inter-City Youth Ministry
  • International Youth Ministry with various mission agencies
  • Sports Ministry
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Athletes in Action
  • Para-church Youth Agencies
  • Young Life, Youth for Christ
  • Youth (& their families) at military bases around the world
  • Cadence International
  • International Schools
  • Resident Assistants, School Chaplin
  • Camp/Retreat Ministry
  • Director, Program Director
  • Wilderness Trip Leader
  • Outdoor Education Instructor
  • Challenge Course Director
  • Adventure Program Director
  • Wilderness Instructor

Three professors bring over 78 years of youth ministry experience to the program.

  • Dr. David Olshine: Over 25 years in church and para-church youth ministry and 6 years as the lead pastor of a college church
  • Dr. Karen Grant: Over 20 years in the church and over 10 summers in camping ministry
  • Dr. Sam Rubinson: 11 years at summer camps, 9 years youth minister, and 7 years in para-church ministry