Accreditation and Membership

Bethel University has been continuously accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1959. This “regional accreditation,” recognized by the United States Department of Education, demonstrates that the university meets quality educational standards. Bethel is also accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (at the undergraduate level); and The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (at the undergraduate and graduate levels) which can be reached at One Dupont Circle NW 530, Washington, D.C., 20036-1120 or by phone at 202.887.6791.

Undergraduate teacher preparation programs leading to licensure for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, elementary, and secondary teaching, as well as graduate programs leading to licensure in special education and middle school teaching, are approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching. The nursing program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing. The Department of Chemistry is approved by the American Chemical Society, and programs in the department are certified. The Department of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs. 

The academic program at Bethel University is enriched by its membership and participation in programs of the Christian College Consortium, the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, the Upper Midwest Association for Intercultural Education, the Jerusalem University College, and the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies.

Bethel University is registered with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to Minnesota Statues 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.

Information in this catalog is descriptive only and 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,

While Bethel publishes program information and materials and assigns advisors, the student is ultimately responsible to ensure that he or she has fulfilled all graduation requirements. Bethel reserves the right to withdraw a previously awarded degree if it subsequently determines that the student did not complete degree requirements.

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