Southwestern Christian University is a four-year, private liberal arts institution of higher education located in Bethany, Oklahoma, that is affiliated with the Pentecostal Holiness Church. The school was originally founded in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in 1946. First, SCU operated as a junior college and was known as Southwestern Bible College. The school grew to be the largest within the Pentecostal Holiness Church. In 1981, the university moved to its current location and revamped the institution’s mission. The school downsized the large junior college atmosphere and focused on becoming a Ministry training college. As a result, the school changed its name to Southwestern College of Christian Ministries. However, in the early 2000s, with the addition of graduate programs and expanded areas of specialization in the late 1990s, the school adopted its current name.
Southwestern Christian University offers degree programs at the associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degree level within the following schools:
- Adult Studies and Online Studies
- Humanities and Education
- Graduate Studies
- Professional Studies
Southwestern Christian University also supports the bachelor's degrees offered completely online.