In 1976, Dr. David Yonggi Cho, with the support of the now Yoido Pentecostal Church, founded an institution of higher learning in order to prepare Christian leaders for global missions and careers. First assuming the title Full Gospel Central Bible College, located in Anaheim, California, the college evolved, adding academic programs and gaining accreditation. The name also changed to Bethesda Christian University, and today this private, four-year institution is known as Bethesda University of California.
BUC still retains a Christ-centered mission dedicated to the instruction of Korean and English speaking students. Approximately 300 students are enrolled in BUC and the student-to-faculty ratio is 6:1. Furthermore, the student demographic reflects a diverse student body with international students making up nearly 60 percent of the student body, along with 23 percent Hispanic/Latino and another 18 percent Asian.
Bethesda University of California is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education, and is approved to award degrees by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. BUC also retains membership with the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools.
Students enrolled in Bethesda University can pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Bachelor of Arts degrees include majors in Religion, Music, Early Childhood Education, Design, Business Administration, and Information Technology. Students majoring in Religion also have the options to focus on Biblical Studies, Pastoral Ministry, Christian Education, and Missions. BUC also provides a Pre-School Teacher/Director Certificate and an English as a Second Language program.
Graduate programs include a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies, Master of pinity, and Master of Arts in Music, along with a Doctor of Ministry program. Interested students will need to submit the application and fee, along with references, a personal statement, medical records, official transcripts, proof of a diploma, and personal photos. International students will also need to provide additional documentation, including proof of financial support.
In step with the global vision, the Bethesda University of California Online Degree program offers opportunities to an unlimited geographic region. Online degree programs include:
- Bachelor of Arts in Religion (Biblical Studies, Pastoral Ministry, Missions, Christian Education)
- Master of Arts in Biblical Studies
- Master of pinity
Just like on-campus applicants, prospective students need to complete the application and fee, and submit references, a personal statement, official transcripts, a copy of the most recent diploma, and two photos.
Tuition at Bethesda University of California is program-specific. The following rates do not reflect additional fees and textbook costs.
- $231 per semester hour, Bachelor of Arts degrees
- $231 per semester hour, Master’s programs
- $320 per semester hour, Doctor of Ministry
- $168 per semester hour, ESL program and Preschool Certificate
While each student must retain financial responsibility, Bethesda University of California does participate in Federal Title IV Financial Aid grants and loans. Federal programs include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans, and Direct PLUS Loans.
Sector Of Institution:Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctorate degree
Adult Age Enrollments:258
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