Bethel University is a leader in Christ-centered higher education with more than 5,500 students from 48 states and 42 countries enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, seminary, and adult education programs. Based in St. Paul, Minnesota, Bethel offers bachelor’s and advanced degrees in nearly 150 areas of study. Educationally excellent classroom-based and online programs equip graduates to make exceptional contributions in lifelong service to God and the world.
College of Arts & Sciences
The College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) is Bethel’s undergraduate college for nearly 2,500 recent high school graduates and transfer students. We take a whole-person approach to education—encouraging each person to achieve academic goals, grow deeper in faith, and engage in a lively community, all with Christ at the center. Distinctives include more than 100 majors in inviting fields—such as the arts, humanities, business, natural sciences, and social sciences—small class sizes, and a robust study abroad program. Highly credentialed faculty members are dedicated to teaching, integration of faith and learning, and the translation of Christian belief into global service. The college consistently ranks among top Midwestern Universities in the “America’s Best Colleges” issue of U.S. News & World Report, and is listed in “Top Colleges for Top Students” in Peterson’s Competitive Colleges.
College of Adult & Professional Studies
For more than 25 years, the College of Adult & Professional Studies (CAPS) has helped adults beginning or returning to school to earn their bachelor’s or associate’s degree. Bethel’s academic programs are accessible and supportive for busy students and grounded in ethics and personal development. We offer 10 associate and bachelor’s degree-completion programs taught from a Christian worldview in the areas of business and leadership, healthcare and human services, Christian ministries, and special education, along with three certificate programs in addiction studies, alcohol and drug counseling, and senior care leadership. Nearly 400 students are enrolled in the Twin Cities or online.
Founded in 1871, Bethel Seminary is among the 20 largest accredited seminaries in the U.S. with nearly 600 students from more than 70 denominations enrolled on campus in St. Paul and through the distance learning program, a blend of online and face-to-face coursework. Offering a doctor of ministry degree (with four concentrations), seven master’s degrees, and four certificates, its programs focus on many aspects of ministry preparation, including leadership, marriage and family therapy, and ministry practice. Bethel Seminary is orthodox and evangelical, with roots in pietism and characterized by an irenic spirit. Our passion is to prepare men and women to lead with excellence who will advance the gospel of Jesus Christ among all people in culturally sensitive ways.
The Graduate School provides rigorous graduate education in a supportive Christian environment. Our 1,000+ adult students come from many backgrounds, experience levels, and career fields with the common goal of developing as whole professionals. Specialties include relevant degree programs in business and leadership, health and human services, and education. The school offers 13 graduate programs, including master’s programs, a doctoral program in educational leadership with two majors, a doctor of nursing practice program, and numerous certificates and licensures. Courses are taught by experienced full-time faculty or working professionals, whose recent experience focuses on principles that students can apply directly to their careers, and class schedules are convenient for working adults.
Institute for Exceptional Learners
The Institute for Exceptional Learners is comprised of Bethel’s BUILD program. The BUILD program, an integrated 2-year postsecondary, residential program for students with intellectual disabilities, provides opportunities for inclusive academic, vocational, residential, spiritual, and social learning experiences. Students who complete the requirements of the BUILD program, including a selected career pathway in Arts and Communication, Business, or Human Services, earn a Certificate in Applied Studies. The program incorporates the skills and education necessary to live more independently, maintain meaningful employment, and value lifelong learning. Students in the BUILD program contribute their own diverse experiences and strengths to the Bethel community.