Advanced Biblical & Theological Studies

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.

Bill Harding

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.

Vivian Ochoa

Master of Arts, Pastoral Counseling, 2012, Columbia International University

Pastoral Counselor & Trainer, Mobile Mission Care Team

Ghana, Africa

I’m Vivian Ochoa from Guatemala.

A Time for Joy & Tears

May 19, 2015

May Commencement at CIU

A Time for Joy, a Time for Tears

By Melissa McCutchan

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

Meet Coach Marshall Tague

May 18, 2015

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

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

Graduate & Seminary Programs

Selecting a Program

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

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

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

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

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


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