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Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Looking for an online MBA that fits your budget and busy lifestyle? Advance your career with CIU’s online Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. Finish in 18 months. Apply online today.

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A photo of an online student wearing a denim shirt and holding an orange coffee cup.

Master of Education

The online Master of Education degree program at CIU is perfect for working educators who want to prepare for a role in education leadership.

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A student looking at a laptop and taking notes.

Intercultural Studies

Learn how to share the Gospel cross-culturally while earning your Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies online at Columbia International University.

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A professor instructing students

Biomedical Sciences (Minor)

The Biomedical Sciences minor includes many of the prerequisite courses necessary for admission to medical school or a variety of health-related graduate/professional programs. The courses are designed to prepare students for the rigors of advanced study in a variety of health-related careers. The Biomedical Sciences minor may be included with many...

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Dr. Thomas Burkett, CIU alumnus, Banner Christian School founder and head of school (Photo provided) Rapidly-Growing Christian schools in Virginia founded by CIU alumnus
"Christ first, education second to none" -Banner Christian School motto (Photo provided)

Rapidly-Growing Christian schools in Virginia founded by CIU alumnus

The schools feature a biblical worldview with high expectations for academics

By Bob Holmes

Columbia International University alumnus Dr. Thomas Burkett will not accept mediocrity at the Christian schools he and his wife founded in Central Virginia in 2002.

Burkett has the distinction of being the first to earn a...

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CIU Head Baseball Coach Jonathan Johnson CIU’s Jonathan Johnson answers an urgent call to coach this summer
Coach Jonathan Johnson with Josh Hernandez, a CIU Ram and a Lexington County Blowfish (WACH FOX 57)

CIU’s Jonathan Johnson answers an urgent call to coach this summer

He’s the winningest coach in the history of the Lexington County Blowfish, and glad to be back at the helm of the college summer team that represents the Columbia area.

Columbia International University Head Baseball Coach Jonathan Johnson received an urgent call from the Blowfish management to return to the...

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CIU students Craig Attaway, Kira Rymer, Robyn Andrews and Katelyn Nichols learned effective citizenship at the Faith and Freedom conference in Nashville. (Photo provided) CIU students learn the value of effective citizenship at Faith & Freedom conference
South Carolina U.S. Sen. Tim Scott addresses Faith and Freedom Coalition's 2022 conference. (Photo: Faith and Freedom Facebook)

CIU students learn the value of effective citizenship at Faith & Freedom conference

Columbia International University students attending the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s 2022 conference in Nashville heard from a number of prominent government leaders, many of them addressing the conference from a Christian perspective.

Among the speakers were three representing South Carolina: U.S. Senators Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham as well...

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"Help Me Help Others"

The desire of CIU Counseling professor: “Help me help others”

For 25 years, Columbia International University Counseling Professor Dr. Larry Wagner has been a wise guide to both students and colleagues, living up to the title of his book, “Help Me Help Others.”

Wagner was honored recently for his years at CIU, first as a professor in the undergraduate Psychology...

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