B.A. in Christian Ministries to M.A. in Ministry/Master of Divinity


Bethel Seminary and the College of Adult and Professional Studies (CAPS) have developed a pathway for students in certain undergraduate majors to receive Advanced Standing with Credit Waivers for seminary courses.

Students who graduate with a B.A. in Christian Ministries from CAPS are eligible to receive Advanced Standing with Credit Waivers for three courses in the Seminary's M.A. in Ministry (MAMin). This reduces the number of credits to complete for the MAMin degree from 51 to 42. Students in this program are also eligible for a reduction in the number of hours required for the Seminary's Professional Internship.

Seminary faculty have collaborated with CAPS faculty to ensure that successful completion of each eligible CAPS course indicates that the student has achieved the outcomes normally expected in the respective Seminary course. In order to receive an Advanced Standing with Credit Waiver for any of the Seminary courses under this program, students must earn a C or better in the respective CAPS course. The three courses for which CAPS graduates are eligible to receive Advanced Standing with Credit Waiver, plus an opportunity to reduce the number of internship hours, are listed below.1

  • THEO 341 Gospel in Cross-Cultural Perspective waives requirement for  GC 512 Global, Cultural and Contextual Ministry.
  • CHMN 452 Leadership in Ministry waives requirement for  ML 523 Introduction to Transformational Leadership: Theory and Practice in Global Perspective.
  • CHMN 320 Personal Spiritual Formation waives requirement for  SP 510 Introduction to Spiritual and Personal Formation or SP525.
  • CHMN 481 Ministry Practicum reduces the number hours required for Professional Internship by 100 hours.

Students may choose to apply these waivers towards the Master of Divinity or other degree programs which require one or more of the above Seminary courses (may be used to waive elective requirements). 


Courses transferred into the CAPS B.A. in Christian Ministries program from other schools are not eligible for Advanced Standing with Credit Waiver.

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