Frequently Asked Questions
How do people complete a graduate degree while working?
Our graduate programs are designed for busy, working adults. Seventy-six percent of our students work full time and 19% work part-time. Many of our students also have families and sometimes even civic and religious obligations--and still manage to take classes too.
Your life experience adds to the educational environment in the classroom. Your practical insights and experiences combine with course material to help you grow.
What programs do you offer?
We offer 10 master's degrees, 5 certificates, and 1 doctoral degree. Learn more about our graduate academics.
When is class held?
Classes usually meet once a week in the evenings and students take one class at a time. Cohorts, the group of students you'll go through the program with, meet at Arden Hills, Bloomington, Plymouth or online. Some programs have a different schedule. Contact your admissions advisor with specific schedule questions.
I have already taken graduate courses. Will these credits transfer?
Part of the application process includes a free transcript evaluation to determine how your credits will transfer. Contact an admissions advisor to request a transcript evaluation.
I am not ready to join a degree program. May I take an individual course?
Yes! Individual courses are available as space allows for students who are not interested or not yet part of a degree program. Learn more about our accelerated courses.
When do the programs begin?
Most of our graduate programs begin in the fall and the spring. Contact your admissions advisor for program specific start dates.
Is Bethel accredited?
Bethel University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Bethel is a member of the Teacher Accreditation Council; a member of the Council on Social Work Education at the undergraduate level; and a member of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Bethel is approved by:
- The Minnesota Board of Teaching for teacher preparation programs leading to licensure for pre-kindergarten, elementary, and secondary teaching
- The Minnesota Board of Nursing for nursing preparation
Do I have to be religious to attend the Graduate School?
Bethel University strives to meet the unique educational and personal needs of adult learners in a supportive Christian environment. We believe that faith is linked to learning. We also recognize that everyone has their own faith journey. Many of our learners do attend church regularly and/or embrace the Christian faith; however, this is not a requirement.
Where does Bethel fall in the U.S. News and World Report college rankings?
Bethel University has consistently ranked as one of the best colleges in the Midwest in U.S. News and World Report.
What Bethel services are accessible to students?
- Email accounts
- Access to computer labs and technology help desk
- Free personalized education plan
- Library with 24/7 online access to the Bethel libraries and other Twin Cities private colleges' libraries
- Disability services and accommodations
- Writing tutoring
- Academic advising
How much will a graduate degree program cost?
Tuition and fee information is available from the Office of Financial Aid.
Does Bethel offer financial aid?
Yes. Both need and non-need based assistance is available. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.
How long will it take for me to complete my graduate degree?
Most programs take about 2 years to complete. Contact your admissions advisor for a more detailed schedule.