Pursuing an Associate of Arts (AA) degree in Bible and Ministry at Bethel University is a rewarding choice. Our comprehensive program equips students with a deep understanding of the Bible, practical ministry skills, and a solid foundation for personal and professional growth.

Through engaging coursework led by experienced faculty, students explore biblical interpretation, Christian ethics, church history, effective ministry and theology. This degree encourages personal spiritual growth, enabling students to integrate their faith into all aspects of life. Practical ministry skills are emphasized, with hands-on experiences, discussions, focused on impacting your community.

An AA degree in Bible and Ministry opens doors to diverse career paths, including pastoral roles, counseling, and mission work. It also provides a solid foundation for further education in theology or religious studies. At Bethel University, we prioritize support each student, assigning a professional advisor for each student to help them succeed in this program. Our online courses foster a vibrant atmosphere for discussions, spiritual growth, and community building.

Accreditation & Membership

Bethel University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to grant associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. The Higher Learning Commission is one of six regional accrediting agencies in the United States. Institutional accreditation evaluates an entire institution and accredits it as a whole. Bethel is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).

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Program Details

Next Start Date: 06/30/2024
Credit Hours: 60
Cost/Credit: 465
Transfer Credits: Up to 30
Est. Completion Time: 2
Accreditation: HLC

Course Requirements

All of Bethel's degrees are a balance of a liberal arts foundation with the expertise of a specific field of study, all of which point to a well-rounded graduate upon completion. This space is aimed to help provide an overview of the expected courses for this degree.

  • General Education (27 credit hours)

    General education courses offer an introduction to the arts and sciences within a college setting. A.A. degrees require 27 credit hours of general education courses.

  • Electives (6 credit hours)

    Electives allow students to dive deeper into a wide range of subjects, and provide the opportunity to tailor a course of study based on interests and academic goals. Students in this program are required to take 6 credit hours of electives.

    • Students may transfer credit from other accredited institutions, provided the courses are equivalent to required Bethel courses and the student earned a grade of C or better.
    • CLEP testing is available for select courses.
  • Major (27 credit hours)

    BIBL 201 Biblical Interpretation

    BIBL 331 Pentateuch and Historical Books

    BIBL 341 Jesus and the Gospels

    BIBL XXX Bible Elective

    MIN 210 The Christian World Mission

    MIN 310 Evangelism and Discipleship

    MIN/YMN XXX Ministry or Youth Ministry Electives (2)

    THEO 310 Systematic Theology

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Admission Requirements

Undergraduate programs require:
  • Submit your official transcripts (directly from the institution to Bethel) from all undergraduate work. If you have completed less than 30 credit hours, also submit your official high school or GED transcript
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Show proficiency by either submitting your official SAT or ACT scores, completing a college-level English or math course or taking Bethel’s placement tests

Tuition and Fees

Bethel has long been touted for its value. We were ranked No. 2 on Washington Monthly’s Best Bang for the Buck-Midwest list, listed as one of the 50 Best Value Christian Colleges, and have made it to the top tier of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Regional Universities-Midwest” list for fifteen consecutive years.

**Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes an estimated three to ten semesters to complete, depending on transfer credits.

Payment Plan

The college has a monthly installment plan available through Nelnet Campus Commerce. Enrollment can be completed online by accessing the student billing link through MyBethel or by calling 800.609.8056. Students will be charged an enrollment fee of $40.

Total cost with max. transfer credits:

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Financial Aid

Bethel University is committed to ensuring that all our students receive an affordable education.
We offer financial aid based on need, and military benefits and are proud to offer extraordinarily competitive tuition rates.
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To learn more about your financial aid options or submit a FAFSA, please see our Financial Aid page.
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Transfer Credits

Bethel is committed to helping you make the most of your previous educational experiences. Visit our Transfer Credits page to learn more.
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Career Outcomes

Our Associates degree in Bible and Ministry can open doors to a multitude of rewarding careers across various industries and serve as a stepping stone for further study. Graduates with this degree are equipped with a strong biblical foundation and practical ministry skills that can be applied to a range of professions.

  • Pastoral Ministry

    With an Associates degree in Bible and Ministry, you can pursue a career as a pastor, leading a congregation and providing spiritual guidance. Pastors play a vital role in communities and have the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of others.

  • Non-profit Organizations

    Many graduates find fulfilling careers in nonprofit organizations, working in roles such as community outreach coordinators or program directors. These positions allow you to apply your knowledge of the Bible and ministry principles to serve the needs of individuals and communities.

  • Further Study

    Our Associates degree serves as a solid foundation for those considering further study in theology, divinity, or religious studies. By continuing your education, you can deepen your understanding and expertise in these fields, opening up additional career opportunities such as teaching or research positions.

Benefits of Learning Online

An online degree can open doors to your career while allowing you to study in a convenient, affordable format.
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