Bethel Seminary, a school of Bethel University, has been advancing the gospel of Jesus Christ since 1871. Today, we are one of the largest evangelical institutions in the world offering post-baccalaureate study. We serve a diverse student population from two campuses in the United States and electronically through a variety of online programs. The university student body consists of more than 6,000 men and women from 49 states and 31 countries.
But numbers don't tell the whole story. As we seek to educate and energize men and women for excellence in leadership, scholarship, and service, we have the honor of preparing whole and holy persons for ministry. Strengthened by an exceptional education led by a world-class faculty, Bethel prepares graduates who are purposeful leaders whose service makes a difference around the world.
Bethel Seminary is a Spirit-empowered, biblically grounded ministry of the churches of Converge, offered as a resource to all who seek to understand and experience the gospel of Christ. Men and women of all denominations are welcome to experience the spirit and passion of Bethel Seminary as they become whole and holy.
Bethel University is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.
Bethel Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). ATS is the national accrediting agency for theological schools in the United States and Canada. The seminary also is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Both ATS and HLC are recognized by the United States Department of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
It is the official policy and commitment of Bethel Seminary not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, gender, or disability in its educational programs, admissions, or employment practices. The president of Bethel University has designated the Title IX Coordinator as the compliance officer for the institution.
Inquiries regarding compliance may be directed to:
3900 Bethel Drive
St. Paul, MN 55112
Communication with the seminary is better facilitated if correspondence and telephone calls are directed to the appropriate offices.
Information in this catalog is not contractual. All listed courses and programs are current at the time of printing but are subject to change without notice based on enrollment, faculty availability, and other considerations. Bethel reserves the right to withdraw a course or program or to limit its enrollment. Bethel reserves the right to add a new program and related courses to this catalog after publication, upon approval from the related state and/or accrediting organizations. In this event, the new program and courses will be provided, with their effective terms, at:
During the course of the academic year, catalog information may change. Any changes made within the academic year will only be reflected in the online catalog, which may include addenda to the print catalog. The print catalog serves as an archive of catalog information available at the beginning of the academic year. The printable version of the catalog is available for download on the main catalog page where there is a listing of the current catalogs for the various schools at Bethel University, several PDF archived files of previous years' catalogs, and any catalog addenda. Together, the print version of the catalog and the online catalog serve as the official record of any catalog changes.
This catalog is part two of a three-part series. Part one is the application and required materials. Part two relates to the academic programs and institutional policies found in this catalog. Part three is the Student Handbook, which outlines university procedures, expectations for students, and student services.
Within this catalog, the Academic Information section and the Academic Programs and Descriptions section are prescriptive and apply to all students while enrolled under this year’s catalog requirements. All other sections are descriptive and apply during the academic year covered by this catalog.
Every student is to be familiar with and will be held responsible for the academic regulations and campus procedures as stated in these three publications and information published in the Bethel E-Announcements, which are distributed electronically three times a week via email and are available online through MyBethel.