Bethel Seminary has been a pioneer and a model in distance learning to accommodate students with active lives outside of seminary study. Offering both Master’s degree programs along with a premier Doctor of Ministry program, Bethel provides two distance education options: Fully Online programs and Online with Intensive programs.

Fully Online Programs

Each of Bethel Seminary's fully online degree programs allow students to complete their entire degree without the need to attend an in person class on one of our campuses. Every course required for these degrees are available in a fully distance format which are supported by interactive technologies allowing students to learn from their professor and fellow students in a collaborative learning community. Below is a list of all fully online Master's and Doctor of Ministry programs.

Master's Programs

The online master's programs at Bethel Seminary designed for individuals who are eager to pursue applied graduate education and prefer the option to complete the entire program in a fully distance format. Students in fully online programs are welcome to take an on campus class such as an intensive course or a face to face course if so desired. Below is a list of all fully online programs.

Doctor of Ministry

The D.Min. in Transformational Leadership cohort program is the first Doctor of Ministry program available as a fully online program. Students will learn from their cohort mentor and fellow students through the use of  interactive technologies in a collaborative learning community through courses and projects.

Online With Intensive Programs

The online with intensives programs are specialized degrees designed for individuals who are able to spend only limited time on the seminary campus. These degree programs incorporate two types of courses, intensive courses and fully distance courses.

  • Intensive courses incorporate an on-campus component; a class session that typically meets on campus for one week. This on-campus experience is preceded by faculty guided preparation using distance education methods and is followed by guided application after the on-campus experience.
  • Fully distance courses are supported by interactive technologies that allow students to learn from their professor and fellow students in a collaborative learning community.

Master's Programs

These programs make it possible to complete a master of arts degree in two and a half years with continuous enrollment. All online with intensive degree programs host intensives on the Bethel Seminary St. Paul campus.

Doctor of Ministry

Self-Directed Doctor of Ministry 

Bethel Seminary’s self-directed Doctor of Ministry program is nationally recognized, setting new standards in post-graduate theological education. It is dedicated to producing transformed, godly leaders ready for 21st century ministry and is convenient, relevant, progressive, focused, and empathetic. In the self-directed program, students are free to choose between Church Leadership, Congregation and Family Care, or Biblical and Theological Engagement, as well as pursue a more specific concentration within the track. Courses are offered in the summer and winter on the St. Paul campus, and occasionally on the San Diego campus. 

Cohort-Based Doctor of Ministry Program

With its revolutionary program design and innovative delivery system, Bethel Seminary’s cohort-based Doctor of Ministry program challenges students to take ministry and leadership skills to a new level. Master practitioners and scholars lead unique subject-based, carefully selected cohort groups in an intensive four-year course of study.