Atlanta Theological Association
Through the Atlanta Theological Association (ATA), Columbia enjoys academic and professional affiliations with Candler School of Theology (Emory University), Erskine Theological Seminary, Interdenominational Theological Center, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary and McAfee School of Theology (Mercer University). The association develops and coordinates educational programs and resources of these member institutions, which include approximately sixteen hundred students, two hundred faculty, and a combined library collection of 600,000 volumes. Among significant and promising cooperative endeavors, in addition to the Doctor of Theology and Doctor of Ministry degree programs, are cross registration, sharing of faculty, library and lectureship resources, inter-seminary courses, and experimental programs in various academic disciplines and professional specializations.
Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education (ARCHE)
Through Columbia's membership in ARCHE, students may cross-register for approved courses and have library privileges at other member institutions. Download ARCHE's cross-registration brochure.
Each year a variety of international opportunities for study exists with institutions abroad that have formal exchange programs with Columbia or have programs that Columbia recognizes. For further information, write to the Director of International Programs.
Presbyterian Church (USA)
As one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA), one of our institutional goals is to provide theological resources for the denomination. We are pleased to be a part of a cooperative effort with our sister seminaries to promote theological education through a joint Web site, www.pcusaseminaries.org.
Columbia students may cross-register for courses at schools that belong to either the ATA or ARCHE. Cross-registration forms are available in the registrar's office at each school.
Students may cross-register for a course on a space-available basis. Students may cross-register for a maximum of two courses per term, and the combined load may not exceed the full-time allowable load on the home campus. Students register and pay regular tuition and fees to the home institution.
In addition, a policy of reciprocal cross-registration at the ten theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA) is designed to strengthen the theological education of persons preparing for ministry in the denomination. This policy permits students registered in master's degree programs to take courses at any of the other institutions without paying additional tuition. Tuition for a course is charged at the home institution. For additional information, contact the Office of Academic Affairs.