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Bethel University


Bethel University, based in St. Paul, Minnesota, is a leader in Christian higher education. Its commitment to educational excellence is evidenced by its consistent ranking among the best schools in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report. The University's College of Adult & Professional Studies and Graduate Programs provide working adults the opportunity to earn an undergraduate or graduate degree within a framework of Christian values. Bethel University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Points of Distinction

  • Personalized individual education plan
  • Academic advising
  • Career services

Areas of Study

Bethel's programs are varied and serve a wide variety of student interests. An Associate of Arts degree in General Studies provides adult students with the resources they need to help complete the first two years of college by attending class only two times a week. Six Bachelor's degrees are offered in business management, Christian ministries, communication studies, human resource management, organizational leadership, and nursing. Students who have additional credits to earn in order to complete the requirements for a Bachelor's degree may choose to take courses from minors in any of the above fields. Graduate programs include a Doctorate in educational administration; Master's degrees in communication, education, special education, gerontology, literacy education, nursing, organizational leadership, counseling psychology, and teaching. Both an MBA and an accelerated MBA (which can be completed in 21 months) are also offered. An undergraduate certificate program in applied organizational leadership is available, and Master Level certificates are offered in seven medical-related fields.


Application to the programs can be accomplished in any of three ways. Students can apply online by completing the online application form and paying their application fee via a secure credit card transaction; they can download an application form and instructions; or they can request an application by contacting the University.


Bethel's programs are taught by renowned faculty within a distinctly evangelical Christian framework. Instructors are chosen for their ability to equip busy women and men with the education needed to achieve their educational goals.

Student Body

Students in these programs are mostly in-career adults with varied life and work experiences. Approximately 75% of them hold full-time jobs and another 20% are employed part time.

Student Life

Depending on the program being pursued, class work can be completed online and/or combined with evening and weekend class sessions on the St. Paul campus or at other convenient locations. The accelerated MBA program is completely online, with the exception of 16 hours of weekend class time in Minnesota once every six weeks.

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English Language And Literature, General
General Studies
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Environmental Biology
Mathematics, General
Peace Studies And Conflict Resolution
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Health And Physical Education/Fitness, General
Christian Studies
Religious/Sacred Music
Chemistry, General
Psychology, General
Applied Psychology
Psychology, Other
Human Services, General
Drama And Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Art/Art Studies, General
Music Performance, General
Music Technology
Music Management
History, General
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Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

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