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Students pursued studies in seminary when Bethel Seminary first opened in 1842 in McLemoresville, Tennessee, under the direction of the West Tennessee Synod of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Bethel College was granted a charter by the State of Tennessee in 1847 and operated as Bethel College until 2009 when its trustees voted to change its name to Bethel University. In addition to the main campus in McKenzie, Tennessee, Bethel University retains satellite campuses at Jackson, Clarksville, Nashville, Chattanooga, and Memphis, in addition to offering online programs.
Bethel University is regionally accredited to award associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. Bethel University supports a number of distance learning opportunities. Accelerated online bachelor’s degree completion programs can be completed in less than two years. Courses are asynchronous and bachelor’s degree courses begin every five weeks, while master’s degree courses begin every seven weeks.
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