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.
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.
No, you may pursue this degree without moving to Columbia, South Carolina through our AccessCIU study track. You can take a specified number of classes online and through intensive one week classes offered every summer and winter. This study track enables you to maintain your current ministry or employment while taking online and intensive on-campus courses.
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.
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.