Program Overview

The Master of Divinity degree offered by Bethel University in Minnesota is a program of study that is available to students in a hybrid format. The hybrid format refers to students taking courses that are both in traditional classroom settings and through online learning. An objective of this program is to help ministry leaders develop their maturity, depth, and integrity in order to advance the Gospel in culturally sensitive ways. This program aims to equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to serve and lead in God’s mission of reconciling the world to Himself. This program aims to prepare students for senior leadership and professional leadership and professional ministry roles in the church. These roles include: pastor, missionary, chaplain, denominational minister, and parachurch leader. This program is also a prerequisite degree for military chaplaincy as well as for ordination in most mainstream denominations. This program also prepares students for doctoral programs.

This program is offered to students in a distance learning format, which means that students can earn their graduate degree without relocating or giving up their current roles. Students enrolled in the distance learning program are offered the following options of concentration: Christian Thought Children’s and Family Ministry, Transformational Leadership, and Generalist. A student should choose their option according to their personal interests, career goals, and vocational goals. Students who are enrolled in the traditional in-classroom / residential program are offered more options, such as: Old Testament, New Testament, Marriage and Family Studies, Ministry Leadership, Spiritual Formation, and Classical Studies.

According to the option of study, students must take and complete a different number of credit hours in order to graduate. However, 87 credit hours is the minimum amount of courses that a student needs to take in order to graduate with the Master of Divinity from Bethel University. There are some core courses that all students enrolled in the Master of Divinity program. These courses include: Hermeneutics; Introduction to Preaching; Global, Cultural, and Contextual Ministry; American Christianity, Church History Survey, and others.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    In 1871, John Alexis Edgren began Baptist Union Theological Seminary in Chicago to prepare pastors for the ministry of Swedish Baptist immigrants. After the turn of the century, the school relocated to St. Paul and expanded to offer four-year degrees, becoming Bethel College and Seminary. As the school progressed forward, new programs and campus locations were established. In 2004, the school transitioned into Bethel University. Today, retaining its Christian-based vision, the private, not-for-profit Bethel University main campus is located in St. Paul, Minnesota, with additional facilities at San Diego and along the East Coast.

    Bethel University supports goals of adult students seeking associate’s and bachelor’s degrees, in addition to certificate programs. In order to accommodate the busy lifestyles of adult students, accelerated programs are offered online, in the evenings, or on weekends. The Graduate School at Bethel University awards master’s and doctorate degrees, along with certificate and license programs. Students progress through accelerated formats that incorporate faith values. Classes are taught in the evenings and/or on weekends in addition to other campus locations and online. 


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