D M I S S I O N S
Who Should Apply?
Columbia International University offers a challenging curriculum that encourages students to fulfill their God-given potential.
Students who choose CIU will become part of an academically strong student body. We invite applications from students who
can demonstrate the potential for academic success as well as Christian character and commitment. Prospective students are
encouraged to discuss plans, goals, and questions with our experienced Admissions staff. Within the United States, call our toll-
free number 800.777.2227. Outside the United States, please call 803.807.5024. Fax us at 803.223.2500 or e-mail us at
General Admission Requirements
The general requirements for admission include the following:
Evidence of Christian conversion and development of Christian character
Evidence of the ability to be successful in an academic program. Requirements for individual degree programs are
listed under “Specific Requirements” for each degree (see also “Probationary Acceptance”)
Evidence of English proficiency (see the section on “International Applicants” for information about specific
Agreement with CIU’s Doctrinal Standard. (Applicants are not required to affirm the pre-millennial position expressed
in section 8 of the standard.)
For those applying for undergraduate studies, evidence of adequate academic preparation for college-level study
(demonstrated by possessing a high school diploma or equivalent), attaining appropriate standardized test scores,
and attaining an appropriate high school GPA (or college GPA if transferring) is required. Transcripts of all previous
high school and college work are also required.
For those applying for graduate studies, evidence of adequate academic preparation for graduate-level study
(demonstrated by possessing a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution) is required. Students holding a
baccalaureate degree from a non-accredited institution may still be eligible for admission. See “Non-accredited
Degrees” for more information.
In addition to the general requirements listed above, individual degree programs may have specific admission requirements
related to their fields.
Admission decisions are made without regard to race, ethnic origin, nationality, gender, or disability. Applicants who have
been divorced will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis. CIU reserves the right to deny or revoke the admission
of any applicant whose behavior or lifestyle is inconsistent with biblical principles or with the lifestyle standards of the CIU
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E Q U I R E M E N T S
We strongly recommend a college preparatory high school curriculum that includes a thorough background in English
grammar and composition, two or more units of a foreign language, two units of mathematics, two units of history, and one
unit of natural science.
College of Counseling (COC)
In addition to satisfying the general admissions requirements listed above, students applying to the Master of Arts in
Counseling program and the Post Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Counseling (PGCMFC) must satisfy degree-
specific requirements. For a complete listing of additional requirements, see the College of Counseling section of this catalog.
College of Education (COE)
In addition to satisfying the general admissions requirements listed above, students applying to a College of Education
master’s or doctoral degree program must satisfy degree-specific requirements. For a complete listing of additional
requirements, see the College of Education section of this catalog.
College of Intercultural Studi s (CICS)
In addition to satisfying the general admissions requirements listed above, students applying to the Master of Arts in Teaching
English as a Foreign Language/Intercultural Studies must satisfy degree-specific requirements. For a complete listing of
additional requirements, see the M.A. TEFL/ICS program in the College of Intercultural Studies section of this catalog.
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