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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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Biomedical Sciences Student

Biomedical Sciences

The Biomedical Science program at Columbia International University provides you with the knowledge, skills and service opportunities needed to forge a successful career in biomedical and health sciences. Through laboratory experience in a plethora of science courses, you will develop critical thinking and hands-on skills. Our effective lab courses, taught by credentialed faculty, ensure that each student has an opportunity to sharpen their skills, create new ones and thrive in their career path.

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Laura Story returns to CIU, her alma mater, for a Nov. 4 concert. Singer/Songwriter Laura Story Returns to her Alma Mater for Concert
Grammy and Dove Award winner Laura Story

Singer/Songwriter Laura Story Returns to her Alma Mater for Concert

 

Popular Christian music artist Laura Story returns to her alma mater, Columbia International University on Nov. 4 for a Homecoming concert. Story is a 2003 graduate of CIU who grew up in Spartanburg, South Carolina. 

Story began her music career as the bass player for the local Christian band...

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Taylor Novinger with his Transplant Games medals in San Diego last summer. (Photo provided) Going for gold: After two kidney transplants, CIU student is pressing on
Taylor Novinger and his sister Abbey after winning gold in the dance competition . (Photo provided)

Going for gold: After two kidney transplants, CIU student is pressing on

When discussing his life, Taylor Novinger says he “would not change anything that has happened to me. It’s made me who I am today.” That includes two kidney transplants.

The CIU Teacher Education major has what he simply refers to as a “one in a million” kidney disease. When asked...

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Josh Lindblom with his DBA mentor Dr. Kimberly Maiocco, Program Director for CIU Global Business Programs (Photo provided) For professional baseball player CIU’s DBA is in the “strike zone”
Josh Lindblom plays in the Milwaukee Brewers organization. (Photo: Kirsten Schmitt/Milwaukee Brewers)

For professional baseball player CIU’s DBA is in the “strike zone”

It was a sharp “come-backer” to the mound that got Josh Lindblom thinking about his future beyond professional baseball. The hard-hit ball broke the pitcher’s shin bone.

“There I am rehabbing with a broken tibia, and just thinking, ‘if this were a serious injury, what would I do?’” said Lindblom...

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Steve and Cindy Thompson (Photos provided) A real “TEAM” — Alumni couple celebrates 35 years of God’s faithfulness
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A real “TEAM” — Alumni couple celebrates 35 years of God’s faithfulness

When Steve Thompson arrived on the Columbia International University campus in the mid-1970s, a female seminary classmate named Cindy Reisman took note of his cowboy boots and the guitar hung over this shoulder. He was the talk of the campus.

He looked like Robert Redford,” Cindy says comparing him to...

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