Why study Advanced Biblical & Theological Studies at CIU?
The Advanced Biblical & Theological Studies program at CIU allows you to complete both a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Divinity degree in five years. If you are sure of your calling to serve as a pastor, this five-year integrated program will prepare you for that role.
You will spend the first two years completing the standard undergraduate core courses. The third year, you’ll begin courses in your Advanced Biblical and Theological Studies major.
Columbia International University Athletics Director Kim Abbott has been recognized for her Christian character by the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). Abbott was awarded the Game Plan 4 LIFE Female Athletic Staff Character Award at the NCCAA Hall of Fame Banquet held during the NCCAA’s national convention in May. CIU is a member of the NCCAA.
I began my college career by attending The Citadel before transferred to Columbia International University (then called Columbia Bible College). In the summer of 1950, my brother Burt and I became student pastors in Savannah, Georgia. During our time there the Lord blessed our efforts and the church more than doubled in size.
Master of Arts, Pastoral Counseling, 2012, Columbia International University
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I’m Vivian Ochoa from Guatemala.
May Commencement at CIU
A Time for Joy, a Time for Tears
By Melissa McCutchan
For nearly 200 Columbia International University graduates, May 16 was a day for celebration and bittersweet goodbyes. As graduates crossed the stage in Shortess Chapel, they celebrated both the fruit of their hard work, and many said goodbye to the friends and professors who had made CIU feel like home.
A coach who led his team to a national championship this season will now head the men's basketball program at Columbia International University.
Marshall Tague (pronounced: TAYG) comes to CIU from Lancaster Bible College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he coached the Chargers to the 2015 National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), Division 2 National Championship, ending the regular season with a 28-3 record.
Selecting a Program
Columbia International University is ready to prepare you for ministry in churches, classrooms, foreign countries, counseling settings and other places God leads you to serve.
CIU offers graduate programs focused on launching or advancing careers in education, counseling, missionary and other pastoral fields.
Programs in CIU Seminary & School of Ministry stress spiritual formation based on Christian virtues, academic excellence with the Bible at the core, and vocational effectiveness with a ministry skills foundation.
The 38 postgraduate options range from a certificate in Muslim studies to a master’s degree in chaplaincy, to doctorates in areas as diverse as global studies and ministering to missionaries.
Whether pursuing theological or professional certifications and degrees, upper-level students at CIU are immersed in self-development that focuses on greater knowledge of Christ and in sharing His message with the world.