Programs for students with or without
Previous Bible training:
Each degree program is offered in two formats:
Program 1 for college or university graduates with
no previous studies in Bible or theology, and
Program 2 for Bible college graduates or college
graduates who have at least 30 semester hours of
Bible, theology or church history.
Programs for college and university
graduates: Program 1
(Without an undergraduate major in Bible)
Purpose: to provide
• globally focused, multicultural ministry training
for university graduates whose previous study
has not included biblical and theological disci-
• ministry training for individuals who are chang-
• opportunity for personal development through
careful study of the Scriptures and application
of biblical truth to life and ministry.
• opportunity to test one’s call to vocational
Christian service through ministry studies and
Programs for Bible college graduates:
(With an undergraduate major in
Purpose: to provide
• advanced ministry preparation that acknowl-
edges and builds on prior studies in Bible, the-
ology and church history.
• specialized training for individuals who intend to
serve in another culture.
• professional development for individuals in min-
istry who desire the refreshment and growth
stimulated by advanced studies.
• advanced training in biblical studies.
The Program 2 curriculum has been constructed
to ensure adequate coverage and balance in
essential areas of preparation for ministry without
unwarranted duplication of prior study. Where
duplication occurs, a student may petition to sub-
stitute another course in the same discipline field.
In addition to those requirements listed in the
Admissions section of the catalog, applicants for
Program 2 must have a baccalaureate degree
from an institution accredited by the Association
for Biblical Higher Education or a minimum of 30
semester hours of previous study in Bible, theolo-
gy and/or church history from a regionally accred-
ited college or university.
Students with 18-29 semester hours of previous
biblical and theological studies from an accredited
institution may enroll in CIU SSM as Program 1
students and complete the courses necessary to
reach the 30 semester hour minimum for entrance
into Program 2. Hours used to meet entrance
requirements, however, may not be applied
toward degree completion. Once students have
met the 30 hour minimum, they may apply for
entrance into a Program 2 degree using the
Degree Change form available from the CIU SSM
dean’s office (Schuster 140).
requirements to receive a ciu ssm degree
general requirements (Programs 1 and 2):
• Completion of one of the prescribed curricula
with a minimum 2.3 cumulative GPA (3.0 in
Ministry Care). Although faculty advisors assist
students in planning their course of studies, it is
the student’s responsibility to ensure that all
requirements for graduation have been met.
• Read the entire English Bible following admis-
sion, counting selections assigned in Bible
courses. This requirement must be completed
six weeks prior to graduation and affirmed as
part of the Application for Graduation available
from the Office of the University Registrar (not
applicable to D.Min. or Biblical Ministry
• Approval of Candidacy (not applicable to
Biblical Ministry Certificate students; see details
• Significant achievement of CIU SSM objectives
• Affirmation of the Doctrinal Statement, except
section 8 (see below).
• Completion of Chapel attendance requirement
2012-2013 Seminary Programs Academic Catalog