William Carey International University (WCIU) is a private, unaccredited university in Pasadena, California, USA. It is affiliated with several Christian cross cultural non-governmental organizations. The institution was founded in 1977 by Ralph D. Winter, a Presbyterian missiologist who also established the U.S. Center for World Mission. The campus is on the Venture Center, a collaborative mission base on a 17-acre campus in Pasadena. The school also publishes books on culture and global issues. It is named for William Carey (1761 – 1834), a British missionary who worked in India.
WCIU as a faith-based educational institution focusing on international development as understood and practiced by agencies, development organizations, and educational institutions around the world. WCIU fulfills its mission by providing distance education programs to equip professionals serving with these kinds of organizations, as they address the multi-faceted challenges of societies around the globe.
William Carey International University and its degree programs are unaccredited by any regional or national accrediting body. The California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education allows the school to grant unaccredited M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in International Development. The Christian education organization the International Council for Higher Education has also validated these programs.