Muslim Studies Certificate

The Muslim Studies Certificate prepares you for effective life and work in Muslim contexts. The required courses will provide you with essential understanding of Muslim beliefs and practices as well as various forms of Christian witness.


The Certificate in Muslim Studies equips you to:

Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects individuals from discrimination based on sex in any educational program or activity operated by recipients of federal financial assistance. Sexual harassment, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.

Columbia International University is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination based on sex and provides resources and services to assist students, faculty and staff in addressing issues involving sex discrimination, including sexual violence.

Sexual violence, sexual harassment, stalking and relationship violence have a profound impact on a victim's academic, social, working, and personal life, and negatively affects victims' friends and families, other students, co-workers, and members of the university community. To combat this complex problem, CIU provides resources and educational programs designed to prevent sexual violence and other acts of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, provide information about what to do when an incident has occurred, and increase awareness of campus and community resources for support and response.

Victims of sexual violence, sexual harassment, stalking, and relationship violence are encouraged to seek support and report the incident. CIU has appointed a Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators to oversee CIU’s response to Title IX complaints, develop training and education programs/materials for faculty, staff and students, as well as monitor the effectiveness of CIU’s Title IX compliance efforts.

If a person believes that a violation has occurred, please report it to the appropriate CIU office listed below. CIU will not tolerate any form of retaliation towards a person reporting a violation.

Title IX Coordinator:

Dr. Jim Lanpher, Office of the Provost, Columbia International University, 7435 Monticello Road, Columbia, SC 29203. (803) 807-5027 e-mail:

Title IX Deputy Coordinators:

Employee related compliance matters:

Don Jones, Director of Human Resources, Columbia International University, 7435 Monticello Road, Columbia, SC 29203. (803) 807-5009 e-mail:

Athletics related compliance matters:

Kim Abbott, Athletics Director, Columbia International University, 7435 Monticello Road, Columbia, SC 29203. (803) 807-5009 e-mail:

Student and general compliance matters:

Rick Swift, Dean of Student Life, Columbia International University, 7435 Monticello Road, Columbia, SC 29203. (803) 807-5234 e-mail:

Academic Success Center

Academic Success Center

From help with hermeneutics to getting psyched up for psychology, the Academic Success Center is here to meet the unique needs of every CIU student — from freshmen to seminary students.

Here’s how: 

Study and Discussion Groups

Discussion groups focus on basic study skills and advanced subject topics and vary from semester to semester, depending on the course offerings.


Tutoring services help with everything, including scheduling advice, reviewing papers, test preparation and special projects. 

Course-Specific Tutoring

Check the posted and online schedules each semester for a listing of experts available to help with specific courses.

Academic Coaching

Academic Coaching is an individual weekly appointment with a coach that can focus on such areas as accountability, academic needs and time management.

Mock Exams and Study Resources

Mock Exams for Old Testament and New Testament and additional study resources on a variety of topics are available in the ASC and the Learning Center, located in Memorial Hall.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

CIU provides accommodations according to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act for students with documented disabilities.  Students who believe they would qualify and would like to apply for accommodations should contact the Academic Success Center.

While we will try to accommodate walk-ins when possible, scheduling appointments (via phone, e-mail or in-person visit) is strongly recommended. 

Contact Academic Success Center

Office Location: 1st Floor Rossi Student Center

Phone: (803) 807-5611


Why Ramadan Concerns Christians

June 15, 2015

Muslims around the world will begin observing Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting on June 18 this year. Why should Christians care?

Dr. Jerry Rankin, the director of the Zwemer Center for Muslims Studies at Columbia International University, who is also a former missionary to Indonesia, says Ramadan was a time in which he found Muslim friends open to talk about spiritual things as he would ask them about their practice, why they were fasting and what they hoped to gain by it.

Reaching Out to Clearwater

June 12, 2015

Columbia International University is reaching out to Clearwater Christian College (CCC) following the closing of the Central Florida school earlier this month.

In a letter posted on the CIU website, CIU President Dr. Bill Jones says he is “saddened to hear of the decision” to close Clearwater because of “a deep connectedness with fellow colleges and universities that share our passion for educating from a biblical worldview.”

Sports Management Major Added

June 11, 2015

Columbia International University is adding an undergraduate bachelor’s degree in Sports Management this fall. The program will blend an academically challenging curriculum with valuable practical experience, preparing students to serve in professional sports, collegiate athletics, sports venue development, and event management. 

Our President

A Message From Our President

Dear friend,

What is your passion? All of us have an intense interest or enthusiasm for an area of life and learning to which God calls us. At Columbia International University we can help you pursue that God-instilled passion with a program of study that will not only help you make a living, but simultaneously make an impact.   

Our purpose at CIU is to educate students from a biblical worldview to impact the nations with the message of Christ. So, when your passion intersects with our purpose, the possibilities for your future are endless, and eternal. 

You’ll be encouraged by faculty members who profess a faith in Christ and value scholarship as they share their expertise and life experiences with you. Just as iron sharpens iron, you’ll also be introduced to fellow students who will encourage you to develop your potential as it becomes clear where your passion can lead you.

I know. I’m a former CIU student. In 1987, I enrolled at CIU because of its unwavering and unchanging core beliefs and its affirmation of the Bible as the foundation for all life and learning. Once you graduate, you’ll become a part of CIU’s network of 18,000 alumni in 150 countries, keeping you connected to all corners of the globe.   

Our graduates not only serve around the world, they serve locally too; in schools, in business offices, in church, in the courts, in the mission field – wherever there is a need, CIU has a presence.

Tap into your full potential for God at Columbia International University.

Dr. William H. Jones, President

Class of 1991 

Teacher Education

Why Study Teacher Education at CIU?

The Teacher Education program offers an early childhood (PreK-third grade) and elementary (second to sixth grade) education licensure that leads not only to a bachelor’s degree, but also a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree in five years. During the undergraduate program, you may explore other fields of study by choosing a variety of electives such as Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), Psychology, Youth Ministry, Teaching Bible, and English.

College of Counseling Faculty

College of Counseling
12 mo/yr
August 01, 2016


  • Collaborates with the College of Counseling faculty team to offer professional training in clinical mental health counseling within a biblical worldview in order to provide Christ-like therapeutic relationships for healing and growth.
  • Embraces CIU’s educational philosophy of integrating academic excellence, spiritual formation, and ministry skills development, with Bible at the core.


  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from an accredited institution.
  • Licensed graduate of a CACREP program. At least five years of full-time clinical counseling experience.
  • At least three years of full-time teaching experience in graduate-level higher education .
  • Commitment to cross-cultural ministry outside the US.

Knowledge & Skills

  • Knowledge of and experience in clinical mental health counseling.
  • Expertise in child/adolescent and/or marriage/family counseling.
  • Proficiency in the use of educational and classroom technology.
  • Effectiveness in communicating with and coaching adult learners.
  • Commitment to teamwork and a collegial model of decision-making.


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