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Advanced Biblical and Theological Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
Columbia, SC, United States
This unique program allows you to complete two degrees in five years: a Bachelor of Arts in Advanced Biblical & Theological Studies and a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Theology. You can maximize your time and minimize the cost of your theological education without sacrificing the quality of your experience.
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A faculty mentor will guide you through the process and a cohort of fellow students will encourage you along the way. The program combines rigorous academic study with practical ministry experience to prepare you for a lifetime of effective service to the local church.

How does it work?
  • You earn an accredited B.A. by completing 120 hours
    • 15 hours of M.Div. courses are taken as Electives
  • You earn an accredited M.Div. by completing 78 hours
    • 15 hours of M.Div. courses are earned as an Undergrad
    • 18 hours are earned through Proficiency Exams
    • 45 hours are taken during years 4 and 5   

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    For international students, we recommend that you begin the admissions process nine to 12 months ahead of your intended date of enrolment.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The program is designed for academically-gifted students with a clear sense of calling to vocational ministry. You will be equipped with a theological foundation for understanding the Scriptures and the practical skills needed for effective ministry in the church.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.5
Recommended score: 3.75

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3.75 or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Students possessing the following minimum requirements may apply for the programupon admission to CIU:

  • HS GPA 3.5 and 27 ACT/1750 SAT or
  • HS GPA 3.75 and 24 ACT/1650 SAT or
  • Transfer GPA 3.3
  • Letter of Endorsement from Home Church
  • Interview with 5-year B.A./M.Div. Committee during Campus Visit

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24000 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    24000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24000 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for Columbia

  • 999 - 1510 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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