Bethel Seminary St. Paul offers a variety of degrees and certificates from a selection of delivery options.

  • Traditional delivery consists of on campus courses meeting mostly weekday mornings and afternoons.
  • SemPM is a structured modular program offering a combination of evening (on campus) and online courses for working professionals and persons in vocational ministry.
  • InMinistry and Doctor of Ministry programs are available electronically to individuals who are already established in ministry and can spend only limited time on campus in St Paul.

Degrees Offered in St. Paul

Master of Arts Programs

Traditional

SemPM

InMinistry

Master of Divinity

  • Traditional
  • SemPM
  • InMinistry

Doctor of Ministry

Self-Directed

Cohort-Based

Certificate Programs

  • Certificate in Church Planting
  • Certificate in Theological Studies
  • Certificate in Young Life Youth Ministry
  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy

SemPM

Bethel Seminary St. Paul offers two degrees in the modular format:

  • Master of Arts in Ministry (M.A.Min.) 
  • Master of Divinity (M.Div.).

Both are grounded in biblical foundations, transformational leadership, and personal and spiritual formation. Class schedules and course calendars are designed for students seeking a seminary education while working fulltime.

M.A.Min. and M.Div. students follow the same sequence of courses together for the first two and a half years. In the spring of year three, M.A.Min. students finish their program while M.Div. students begin to take M.Div. specific courses. SemPM courses meet one night a week. Students in SemPM can expect to invest approximately 16-20 hours/week (including class time).

The M.A.Min. degree requires the completion of 51 credits, achievement of a grade point average of (2.0) or above. The M.A.Min. program is completed in three years.

Students wishing to pursue the Master of Divinity degree will take 27 credits beyond the prescribed master of arts track. All coursework in the program contributes directly to the Master of Divinity degree, but the M.A.Min. will not be granted.

Both the M.A.Min. and M.Div. require a Supervised Ministry experience. Students should consult with the director of formation, supervised ministry, and placement at least two years prior to graduation to make arrangements to develop an internship plan.

Structure of an Average Year

September-December January February-May June-July August
Course 1 Course 3 Course 4 Course 6 No Class
5:30-10:00 p.m. Distance Education 5:30-10:00 p.m. 5:30-10:00 p.m.
(7 weeks) (3-5 weeks) (7 weeks) (7 weeks)
-SEMESTER BREAK- -SEMESTER BREAK-
Course 2 Course 5
5:30-10:00 p.m. 5:30-10:00 p.m.
(7 weeks) (7 weeks)

Additional 1.5 credit course taken over 16 weeks may be required in some terms.  Students enrolled continuously in the program are considered to be full time.

 

Concentrations Available in St. Paul

These concentrations are available in their entirety through Bethel Seminary curriculum and do not require additional courses taken outside of Bethel.

Biblical Studies

  • San Diego/St. Paul - Traditional only
  • M.Div., M.A. (Theological Studies)

This concentration is available in the Traditional delivery system. Concentration deepens students' understanding of the Bible’s history and its integrative themes, and equips them with additional skills for responsible interpretation of the biblical message. The concentration is also recommended as preparation for advanced degrees in biblical studies. Concentration requires 12 credits of courses in the Biblical Interpretation, Biblical Theology, Old Testament, and/or New Testament subject areas.

BI, BT, OT, or NT Course3
BI, BT, OT, or NT Course3
BI, BT, OT, or NT Course3
BI, BT, OT, or NT Course3
Total Credits12

Children’s and Family Ministry

  • St. Paul - InMinistry only
  • M.Div. only

This concentration is available in the InMinistry delivery format. Concentration requires students to complete 12 credits of courses in the Children's and Family Ministry subject area.

CF Course3
CF Course3
CF Course3
CF Course3
Total Credits12

Possible CF courses in this area include CF510 Introduction to Children’s and Family Ministry; CF620 Teaching and Learning Process; CF610 Ministry with Families through the Life Cycle; and CF612DE Global/Missional Perspectives of Children's and Family Ministry.

Church Planting

  • San Diego/St. Paul
  • M.Div., M.A.Min.

This concentrations is available in any delivery format. All required courses are offered fully online. Concentration is designed to provide foundational training for individuals seeking to plant a new church. Concentration completers will be prepared to develop a vision for a new church, organize teams and a support network to launch a new church, plan worship services and welcoming experiences, and create and implement systems to sustain a new church. The concentration requirements are: ML531DI Church Planting Vision and Preparation (3 credits), ML533DI Critical Worship Service Elements for Church Plants (1.5 credits), ML535DI Creating Sustainable Church Plants (3 credits), and 4.5 credits of free electives.

ML531DIChurch Planting Vision and Preparation3
ML533DICritical Worship Service Elements for Church Plants1.5
ML535DICreating Sustainable Church Plants3
Free Elective4.5
Total Credits12

Through a partnership with  Gateway Leaders, students can transfer the Cultivate church planting experience to Bethel for 9 credits, fulfilling ML531DI, ML533DI, ML535DI and 1.5 credits of free elective. Students seeking to take Cultivate must register for Cultivate through Gateway Leaders and, upon completion of Cultivate, request Gateway Leaders to send their transcript to Bethel Seminary.

Christian Thought

  • St. Paul - InMinistry only
  • M.Div. only

This concentration is available in the InMinistry delivery system. A concentration in Christian Thought is designed to enable M.Div. students to focus on the intellectual exploration of the Christian faith and the intersection of Christianity and culture. It serves students who desire church ministry vocations in teaching, discipleship, and apologetics as well as students who may wish to go on for further graduate study in theological studies. Students participate in internships with the Office of Formation, Supervised Ministry, and Placement. Those who sense a call to teaching, outreach, or discipleship ministry using the concentration in Christian Thought may develop their internships with those ministries in view. Concentration requires 12 credits of courses in the Theological Studies and/or Philosophy of Religion subject areas.

TS, or PH Course3
TS, or PH Course3
TS, or PH Course3
TS, or PH Course3
Total Credits12

Theological and Historical Studies

  • San Diego/St. Paul - Traditional only
  • M.Div., M.A. (Theological Studies)

This concentration is available in the Traditional delivery system. Concentration acquaints students more fully with the theological resources of the Christian tradition and the church’s experience through the centuries. It provides opportunity to develop theological skills and to selectively appropriate from the Christian heritage what may be usefully applied to contemporary challenges and opportunities. The concentration is also recommended as preparation for advanced degrees in these fields. Concentration requires: 12 credits of courses in the Historical Studies, Theological Studies, and/or Philosophy of Religion subject areas.

HS, TS, or PH Course3
HS, TS, or PH Course3
HS, TS, or PH Course3
HS, TS, or PH Course3
Total Credits12

Transformational Leadership

  • St. Paul - InMinistry only
  • M.Div. only

The Transformational Leadership concentration is designed for individuals anticipating service as pastors of local churches. Recognizing the diversity of roles demanded of the pastor, the concentration’s primary focus is on development of the knowledge, attitude, and skills of an effective servant leader in the global church of the 21st century. The concentration requires 12 credits of courses in the Ministry Leadership subject area. 

ML Course3
ML Course3
ML Course3
ML Course3
Total Credits12
 

Partnership Concentrations in St. Paul

Partnership concentrations are concentrations available to students in a degree program at Bethel Seminary who may use courses from a partnership organization for credit towards their degrees.

Converge School of Church Leadership (Converge Partnership)

  • San Diego/St. Paul
  • M.Div., M.A.Min.

The Converge School of Church Leadership concentration is intended for students who are or have been involved in the Converge School of Church Leadership in partnership with the Bethel Graduate School. The concentration consists of any four of the following courses: Collaborative Leadership and Social Alignment; Leadership Development and Formation; Ethics, Worldview and Leadership; Followership; Negotiating Conflict Through Dialogue; and Leadership in Diverse Cultures. The Converge School of Church Leadership in the M.Div. is comprised of any four of these courses taken in addition to the 60 credits of the M.Div. core, Senior Integrative Seminar, and Supervised Ministry. The Converge School of Church Leadership concentration in the M.A.Min. is comprised of any four of these courses taken in addition to all other degree requirements.

Post-Christian Ministry (Gateway Church Partnership)

  • San Diego/St. Paul - InMinistry
  • M.Div, M.A.Min.

Post-Christian Ministry is designed as an experience for individuals living in Austin, Texas, and working as interns with Eric Bryant. It is available through the InMinistry delivery format and includes courses taken directly with Gateway Church. The concentration in Post-Christian Ministry is designed for pastors, church planters, teachers, writers, and church leaders who are serving in post-Christian environments or who feel called to reach those not being reached through traditional methods. The concentration emphasizes creating networks (missional communities) and Sunday gatherings where people can “come as they are.” After students complete the concentration, they will know how to engage with people and cultures that are unfamiliar with the Christian tradition, how to help people move from lost to leading, and how to invite skeptics to become Christ-followers who disciple and reach others. The concentration courses, with the exception of the required elective, are operated by Gateway Church. Students in this concentration must register for the concentration courses through Gateway Church and have transcripts sent from Gateway Church to Bethel Seminary to facilitate the transfer of credit. The Post-Christian Ministry concentration consists of the following courses: Introduction to Post-Christian Ministry, Missional Innovation, Leading Missional Organizations, and a free elective (3 credits).

Introduction to Post-Christian Ministry 13
Missional Innovation 13
Leading Missional Organizations 13
Free Elective3
Total Credits12
1

 These concentration courses are operated by Gateway Church and are not offered at Bethel Seminary.

Young Life Youth Ministry (Young Life Partnership)

  • San Diego/St. Paul
  • M.Div., M.A.Min.

The Young Life Youth Ministry concentration is intended for students who are concurrently involved in the Young Life organization. Young Life courses approved for transfer to Bethel Seminary to meet requirements for this concentration include DC635YL Foundations of Incarnational Youth Ministry; DC636YL Life of Christ: Communicating Christ to Adolescent Culture; ML612YL/SP612YL Leadership I, ML613YL Leadership II; and PC607YL Pastoral Counseling. The Young Life concentration in the M.Div. is comprised of any four of these courses taken in addition to the 63 credits of the M.Div. core, two free electives, Senior Integrative Seminar, and Supervised Ministry. The Young Life concentration in the M.A.Min. is comprised of any four of these courses taken in addition to all other degree requirements.