CIU Korntal is the academic branch of AWM. Our study programs include:

Certificate (CAS)

Focused study program

  • Compact training at the academic level

  • 3 to 10 courses

  • Transfer credits towards full degree tracks

Master of Arts

Custom Master’s program

  • Study content and practical projects tailored to the service context

  • Online or face-to-face, part-time with flexible pace

  • Also for career changers without previous theological training

  • Accredited in the USA and Germany

Doctor of Ministry

Practical Doctoral degree focused on ministry

What makes CIU Korntal unique?

Here are five ways studying at CIU Korntal changes lives and ministries:

1. Reflective and tangible

Studies thrive on the experiences and questions that our students bring with them and integrate into everyday life. As “reflective practitioners,” they are involved in an ongoing process of knowledge acquisition, communal reflection and practical testing. Even career changers with no previous theological training will find a tangible interdisciplinary approach to content that they can use in their environment.

2. Accredited and internationally recognized

Through our partnership with Columbia International University (USA), our Master’s programmes are accredited in Germany and internationally recognized, with the seal of the German Accreditation Council. Alumni of CIU Korntal are active – also in leadership positions – in international NGOs, mission organizations, churches and in the private sector.

3. Credible and engaged in dialog

Participation in God’s mission can happen abroad and next door – both require an understanding of the respective context. The rich, intercultural practical experience of lecturers and fellow students constantly open up new perspectives for other ways of thinking and living. This enables students to engage in dialogue in order to live the gospel in a credible and understandable way.

4. Spiritual breadth and depth

What always fascinates people at the AWM is the wide range of life stories and spiritual backgrounds of our students and lecturers. Christians meet here who are diverse in their congregational, professional and geographical backgrounds. This diversity broadens horizons – with Jesus Christ as the unifying center and God’s word as the foundation. The AWM is affiliated with the Lausanne Movement and the Evangelical Alliance.

5. Unique paths and goals

Our programs have a modular structure and can be customized in terms of topics, pace and practical projects. We offer a wide range of courses in face-to-face and online mode. Study advisors help you set your learning focus and timing so that studying fits into your life, whether part-time or full-time.


Feel free to contact us directly! Our study advisors will help you with your specific questions, or set an appointment for a deeper discussion.

Carolin Lepter

Student Coach and Advisor

Magnus Großmann

Student Coach and Advisor

A look at the numbers

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Studying theology in its global context

Studying at CIU Korntal can also be done online. This allows students to integrate their studies into their everyday working and family life and enables them to participate worldwide. It is not uncommon for people who live and work on different continents to meet in our virtual classrooms. Our lecturers also have a broad perspective thanks to their international life and practical experience.

More than just credits

Studying at CIU Korntal enriches lives:

A strong partnership

Degrees recognized in Germany and worldwide as well as learning experiences with an international flavour – all made possible by the cooperation with Columbia International University (CIU).

For more than 30 years, there has been close cooperation with Columbia International University (CIU), based in South Carolina (USA). CIU has been training people for intercultural and theological ministry since 1923 and thus shares the core mission and concerns of AWM Korntal. This has resulted in a proven educational partnership and trusted cooperation.

The joint study programs operate under the name CIU Korntal. We offer North American degrees that follow North American standards in all framework conditions and specifications. The Master’s degree programs are also accredited in Germany.

Students who study with us are simultaneously enrolled at CIU and can access various resources online or take individual online courses. You can also meet some CIU lecturers in our courses.

On, CIU is categorized with H+, the highest possible classification of a foreign university.

AWM Korntal is an academic partner of Faithlife, the publishers of the Logos Bible software for the study and exegesis of the Bible with an integrated digital library. This means that students at CIU Korntal can order the Logos 10 Partner Edition (silver) with a 50% discount.

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