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Denominational Relationships

Although CIU SSM is denominationally unaffiliat-

ed, it seeks to serve a variety of evangelical

denominations and independent congregations.

CIU SSM prepares students to return to the

denomination or church tradition that nurtured


The CIU SSM curriculum makes provision for

church polity courses taught by ministers who

represent various denominations.

CIU SSM provides for elective courses on

denominational distinctives as desired by vari-

ous groups.

Education for ministry at CIU SSM is widely

accepted. CIU SSM is accredited by the

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

(SACS), the Association of Theological Schools

(ATS) and the Association for Biblical Higher

Education (ABHE). Our graduates serve in over

40 different denominations.

The CIU SSM faculty and student body reflect

church affiliations across a broad spectrum of

North American and non-North American

denominations and church fellowships.

Students find exposure to persons from various

ecclesiastical traditions who are united in their

commitment to evangelical orthodoxy to be an

enriching and beneficial experience.

Ordination requirements vary. Students who

plan to seek ordination are responsible to con-

figure their programs to meet the specific

requirements for the local church, association or

denomination in which ordination is sought.

The following ecclesiastical affiliations typically

are represented in the CIU SSM student body

by three or more students:

African Methodist Episcopal

Assemblies of God

Brethren in Christ Church

Christian and Missionary Alliance

Church of God (Anderson, Indiana)

Conservative Baptist Association

Evangelical Free Church of America

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Foursquare Gospel Church

Free Methodist Church

Free Will Baptist


Methodist (Various)

Mission Churches

Pentecostal Holiness

Presbyterian Church in America

Presbyterian (Various)

Southern Baptist Convention

The Episcopal Church

United Methodist Church

Wesleyan Church

Accreditation and Recognition

Columbia International University is:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of

the Southern Association of Colleges and

Schools to award degrees at the associate,

baccalaureate, first professional, masters and

doctoral degree level.

Accredited with the Association for Biblical

Higher Education (formerly the Accrediting

Association of Bible Colleges).

An affiliate campus of the Council of Christian

Colleges and Universities.

A member of South Carolina Independent

Colleges and Universities.

Approved by the State Approval Agency, South

Carolina Department of Education, state of

South Carolina, to train persons under the

Veterans Administration programs.

Authorized under federal law to enroll non-immi-

grant alien students.

Recognized by the Selective Service System.

Chartered as a collegiate institution by the state

of South Carolina, and authorized by the state

of South Carolina to grant such degrees as the

Board of Trustees shall determine.

Columbia International University Seminary &

School of Ministry is accredited by the

Association of Theological Schools.

2012-2013 Seminary Programs Academic Catalog