Columbia International University Online

Introduction

Columbia International University is known worldwide for preparing leaders in ministry, missions and the marketplace. By earning your CIU degree through online studies, you’ll join our 18,000 alumni making an impact in nearly 150 nations.

At CIU, you’ll find:

  • Accredited programs equipping you for a career or ministry that impacts others for Christ
  • Courses that are the same both on campus and online; nothing is watered-down
  • Instruction and mentoring by expert faculty who have been in the trenches
  • Flexible schedules designed for your busy life
  • A vibrant online community connecting you to other students from all over the world
  • Award-winning online courses
  • Technical support
  • Financial aid opportunities
This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Master of Divinity (Bible Exposition)

Online Full time Part time September 2016 USA Columbia

The M.Div. (Bible Exposition) provides you with a comprehensive range of biblical-theological knowledge and practical skills for ministry leadership along with specialized skills to understand, apply, and communicate the Scriptures effectively on a regular basis in a local church context. [+]

At Columbia International University, Scripture informs every subject you study and will allow you to develop your own understanding of the word, an understanding that is firmly rooted in God's truth. Our 78-hour Master of Divinity allows you to complete your degree in three years, with a focus on the concentration of your choice. Plus, our competitive tuition rates makes CIU's M.Div. one of the most affordable in the Southeast. The M.Div. (Bible Exposition) provides you with a comprehensive range of biblical-theological knowledge and practical skills for ministry leadership along with specialized skills to understand, apply, and communicate the Scriptures effectively on a regular basis in a local church context. It prepares you for a ministry of proclaiming God’s Word as a senior or associate pastor. OBJECTIVES The Master of Divinity (Bible Exposition) will equip you to: Practice sound exegesis and exposition of the biblical text Trace key themes in Scripture Communicate biblical truth with the goal of life transformation Discuss the teaching of individual Bible books in detail Use communication methods that are appropriate to a variety of cultures OPPORTUNITIES Potential ministry opportunities for graduates include: Senior pastor Associate Pastor Conference Speaker Itinerant evangelist Ph.D. studies Bible institute professor Local church teaching pastor Bible translator Admissions For entrance into online studies, a bachelor's degree with a 2.5 GPA (with exceptions) is required. The Application Process consists of: Online application Application essay (800-1,000 words) Reference from church leader who has known applicant for at least two years Official transcripts for bachelor's degree and any master's degree work $45 application fee International Student Requirements International citizens must complete application items noted above as well as the following items: Academic Transcripts : Must be validated through World Education Services (WES). The student must request the WES ICAP credential package. If not in English, the transcript must be accompanied by an official English translation. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) : A minimum score of 79 is required on the TOEFL iBT exam. The computer and paper exams will also be accepted, with a minimum score of 213 on the computer and a minimum score of 550 on the paper exam. The TOEFL is available through the American Consular Office. Our TOEFL code is 5116. The TOEFL is waived if you have completed a degree in which English was the medium of instruction. Educational Background : Fully complete the International Educational Background form. Directions are on back of form. [-]

Master of Education

Online Full time Part time September 2016 USA Columbia

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) prepares practicing educators for Christian school administrative, instructional leadership, and teaching positions in the United States and around the world. [+]

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) prepares practicing educators for Christian school administrative, instructional leadership, and teaching positions in the United States and around the world. Teaching students to become forward-thinking educational leaders, the coursework of the M.Ed. online program provides students with the rigor and camaraderie they would expect of a top M.Ed. program. The program pairs powerful virtual tools in our new ECampus with a comprehensive curriculum. Every course is designed top-to-bottom with the Christian educator in mind. Each class combines biblical principles with relevant theory. Real-life case studies are used allowing students to develop the abilities that today’s school communities expect out of fully prepared Christian educational leaders. M.Ed. graduates complete a concentration in either: Educational Administration Instruction & Learning This advanced degree program is aligned with certification requirements of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). OBJECTIVES The M.Ed. will equip you with: Competency in content so that you demonstrate the ability to: Apply Biblical principles to formulate a Christian philosophy of education and articulate this to various audiences. Understand instructional strategies and learning theories to meet the development of the learner and their individual needs. Develop and analyze curriculum based on philosophy, theory, and Biblical principles and their relationship to instruction and learning. Proficiency in skills to promote learning for all students so that you demonstrate the ability to: Employ various research procedures and technology for problem solving within the school setting. Assess and monitor student learning through a variety of methods. Foster a nurturing school culture that enhances student learning, including consideration of the cultural differences within the school community. Professionalism so that you demonstrate a commitment to: Intentionality to create a climate conducive to spiritual transformation within the school setting. The professional role of the Christian educator that includes being a lifelong learner by reflecting and gaining from experiences and being aware of current issues in education. Collaborating and communicating effectively with other professionals, community members, and parents to improve student learning. OPPORTUNITIES Potential employment and service opportunities for graduates include: Teaching in K-12 schools: Opportunities abound in the United States and around the world for Christians who are thoroughly prepared and called to teach in public schools, private schools, charter schools, Christian schools and international schools. Leadership Positions in Christian Schools: Schools in the United States and around the world need curriculum specialists, lead teachers, principals and superintendents. Academic Careers: M.Ed. program is designed to prepare students for further graduate work, especially a PhD in education or a related discipline. With a PhD, students have the potential to teach at the college and university level in North America and abroad. Admissions For entrance into online studies, a bachelor's degree with a 2.5 GPA (with exceptions) is required. The Application Process consists of: Online application Application essay (800-1,000 words) Reference from church leader who has known applicant for at least two years Official transcripts for bachelor's degree and any master's degree work $45 application fee International Student Requirements International citizens must complete application items noted above as well as the following items: Academic Transcripts : Must be validated through World Education Services (WES). The student must request the WES ICAP credential package. If not in English, the transcript must be accompanied by an official English translation. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) : A minimum score of 79 is required on the TOEFL iBT exam. The computer and paper exams will also be accepted, with a minimum score of 213 on the computer and a minimum score of 550 on the paper exam. The TOEFL is available through the American Consular Office. Our TOEFL code is 5116. The TOEFL is waived if you have completed a degree in which English was the medium of instruction. Educational Background : Fully complete the International Educational Background form. Directions are on back of form. [-]

MA

Master of Arts (Theological Studies)

Online Full time Part time September 2016 USA Columbia

The M.A. (Theological Studies) provides you with an interdisciplinary knowledge of Biblical studies, church history, intercultural studies, and theology. [+]

The M.A. (Theological Studies) provides you with an interdisciplinary knowledge of Biblical studies, church history, intercultural studies, and theology. It prepares students to engage in research and analysis that is informed by those disciplines and contributes to the advance of ministry in the church, missions, or marketplace. This degree is offered in two different formats: Program 1 for college graduates with no previous studies in Bible or theology, and Program 2 for college graduates who have at least 30 semester hours of Bible, theology, or Church history. OBJECTIVES The M.A. in (Theological Studies) will equip you to: Interpret and apply the Biblical text. Explain, evaluate, and apply Bible doctrine. Research and write for scholarly publication. OPPORTUNITIES Potential ministry opportunities for program graduates include: Teaching in a Bible college or institute Serving as a member of a church staff Serving as an assistant or associate pastor Serving as a campus ministry professional Serving as a staff member of a para-church ministry Admissions For entrance into online studies, a bachelor's degree with a 2.5 GPA (with exceptions) is required. The Application Process consists of: Online application Application essay (800-1,000 words) Reference from church leader who has known applicant for at least two years Official transcripts for bachelor's degree and any master's degree work $45 application fee International Student Requirements International citizens must complete application items noted above as well as the following items: Academic Transcripts : Must be validated through World Education Services (WES). The student must request the WES ICAP credential package. If not in English, the transcript must be accompanied by an official English translation. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) : A minimum score of 79 is required on the TOEFL iBT exam. The computer and paper exams will also be accepted, with a minimum score of 213 on the computer and a minimum score of 550 on the paper exam. The TOEFL is available through the American Consular Office. Our TOEFL code is 5116. The TOEFL is waived if you have completed a degree in which English was the medium of instruction. Educational Background : Fully complete the International Educational Background form. Directions are on back of form. [-]

Master of Arts in Bible Exposition

Online Full time Part time September 2016 USA Columbia

The M.A. in Bible Exposition provides students with specialized knowledge and skills to understand, apply, and communicate the Scriptures effectively on a regular basis in a local church context. [+]

The M.A. in Bible Exposition provides students with specialized knowledge and skills to understand, apply, and communicate the Scriptures effectively on a regular basis in a local church context. It prepares students to teach or preach as a member of a church staff or as part of a para-church ministry. OBJECTIVES Graduates of the Master of Arts in Bible Exposition will be able to: Practice sound exegesis and exposition of the biblical text Trace key themes in Scripture. Communicate biblical truth effectively. Admissions For entrance into online studies, a bachelor's degree with a 2.5 GPA (with exceptions) is required. The Application Process consists of: Online application Application essay (800-1,000 words) Reference from church leader who has known applicant for at least two years Official transcripts for bachelor's degree and any master's degree work $45 application fee International Student Requirements International citizens must complete application items noted above as well as the following items: Academic Transcripts : Must be validated through World Education Services (WES). The student must request the WES ICAP credential package. If not in English, the transcript must be accompanied by an official English translation. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) : A minimum score of 79 is required on the TOEFL iBT exam. The computer and paper exams will also be accepted, with a minimum score of 213 on the computer and a minimum score of 550 on the paper exam. The TOEFL is available through the American Consular Office. Our TOEFL code is 5116. The TOEFL is waived if you have completed a degree in which English was the medium of instruction. Educational Background : Fully complete the International Educational Background form. Directions are on back of form. [-]

Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies (ICS)

Online Full time Part time September 2016 USA Columbia

The M.A. in Intercultural Studies prepares you for life, work, and ministry in an ever-changing, culturally diverse world. [+]

The M.A. in Intercultural Studies prepares you for life, work, and ministry in an ever-changing, culturally diverse world. The program provides you with a focused knowledge of the tools and techniques needed to study cultures other than your own. Students will engage in research and analysis that is informed by those disciplines and contributes to the ministry of those engaged in work among ethnic and cultural groups. This degree is offered in two different formats: Program 1 for college graduates with no previous studies in Bible or theology, and Program 2 for college graduates who have at least 15 semester hours of Bible, theology, or Church history. OBJECTIVES The M.A. in Intercultural Studies will equip you to: Demonstrate skill in identifying and analyzing cultural issues. Evaluate current strategies regarding the global mission of God. Demonstrate effectiveness in cross-cultural analysis, research, and writing about the global mission of God. OPPORTUNITIES Potential employment and service opportunities for graduates include: Governmental Service: various diplomatic positions in various U.S. embassies overseas. Military Service: chaplaincy in the various branches. Church Service: mission pastors; ethnic outreach coordinators. Mission Service: short-term to long-term missionaries in any cross-cultural service anywhere in the world; mission agency office support person; mission mobilizer. Business Service: entry-level positions in non-governmental organizations or transnational corporations; tentmakers/business as mission or any other creative access type of platform overseas; marketing specialists to specific groups. Academic Careers: The thesis option track of the M.A. in Intercultural Studies is designed to prepare students for further graduate work, especially a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies or a related discipline. With a Ph.D., students have the potential to teach at the college, seminary, and university level in North America and abroad. Admissions For entrance into online studies, a bachelor's degree with a 2.5 GPA (with exceptions) is required. The Application Process consists of: Online application Application essay (800-1,000 words) Reference from church leader who has known applicant for at least two years Official transcripts for bachelor's degree and any master's degree work $45 application fee International Student Requirements International citizens must complete application items noted above as well as the following items: Academic Transcripts : Must be validated through World Education Services (WES). The student must request the WES ICAP credential package. If not in English, the transcript must be accompanied by an official English translation. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) : A minimum score of 79 is required on the TOEFL iBT exam. The computer and paper exams will also be accepted, with a minimum score of 213 on the computer and a minimum score of 550 on the paper exam. The TOEFL is available through the American Consular Office. Our TOEFL code is 5116. The TOEFL is waived if you have completed a degree in which English was the medium of instruction. Educational Background : Fully complete the International Educational Background form. Directions are on back of form. [-]

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