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Programs of Study


2012-2013 Seminary Programs Academic Catalog

Community expectation (evangelical or secular)

does not ultimately determine the meaning of a

degree from CIU SSM. We are responsible to

define our own purpose and establish our own

achievement standards.

All CIU SSM degree programs are intended to

help you prepare for Christian ministry. Criteria for

granting a degree, therefore, are designed to

reflect your character and competence in both

general and professional areas.

Commitment to whole-life training designed to

prepare Christians “to know Him and to make

Him known” means that earning a degree from

CIU SSM involves more than meeting academic

requirements. Graduating students also must

reflect appropriate achievement of CIU SSM edu-

cational objectives including evidence of personal

morality, positive interpersonal and family rela-

tionships, and local church involvement.

Although educational objectives cannot be meas-

ured with complete objectivity, we believe valid,

fair and useful assessment is possible and neces-


To qualify for a degree, you must demonstrate an

accurate understanding of basic biblical doctrines

and be in agreement with the institution’s doctri-

nal statement (with the exception of section 8,

which is not required). You must also demon-

strate an accurate understanding of and commit-

ment to the inerrancy of the Scriptures.

The Building Block Approach

For most students, the CIU SSM faculty believes

the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is the degree pro-

gram of choice because:

The M.Div. curriculum affords the most thor-

ough training for ministry leadership.

The M.Div. is the stated or preferred qualifica-

tion for ordination in many churches.

The M.Div. is the degree required for continuing

professional development in any accredited

Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) program.

Another degree, however, might better meet the

needs of some students. The Certificate and

Master of Arts programs are also each complete

in themselves and are specifically designed so

that a student may begin in the certificate pro-

gram and later use those courses to proceed to

an M.A. or M.Div. degree, as illustrated below:

master of divinity

(90 semester


advanced courses in

Biblical Languages

Cultures and Worldviews

Church History

Preaching and Teaching

Leadership and Counseling

Ministry Care

concentration courses in

Bible Exposition

Ministry Leadership

Theological Studies

Muslim Studies

Intercultural Studies

Ministry Care

Global Studies


foundational courses in




Spiritual Formation

master of arts

(60 semester


Bible and



(30 semester