When you earn an online degree from Bethel University, you’ll graduate with valuable skills for a rewarding ministry career. We offer both undergraduate and graduate program options, so you can choose the ministry degree that’s right for you and study at your pace. Bethel’s ministry programs are designed for working professionals who are ready to become church leaders. With Bethel, you’ll learn from expert professors and study coursework that combines in-depth theological study with communication and leadership skills, preparing you to make a difference in your church and your community.

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Bethel is 1 of 10 Indiana colleges to be recognized as a 2020 College of Distinction, and 1 of 63 schools in the nation to be named a Christian College of Distinction. This honor is given to colleges and universities that excel in the Four Distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.

Our Programs


  • Bachelor of Arts in Christian Leadership


  • Master of Arts in Ministry

Career Outcomes

Senior Pastor

Senior pastors serve as the main point of leadership for churches and their members. They may be responsible for planning worship services, writing sermons, counseling congregants, conducting ceremonies such as weddings and funerals, and additionally overseeing administrative functions within the church. These individuals earn a median annual salary of $57,392.


Chaplains provide religious counseling to members of the public, usually for hospitals, healthcare facilities, or the military. Their responsibilities may include offering spiritual and emotional support, coordinating spiritual and bereavement services, catering their services to a wide range of religious backgrounds, and other related duties. These individuals make a median annual salary of $48,485.

Why Bethel University Online?

  • Accelerated Learning.

    With six academic sessions per year, seven-week courses, and a transfer-friendly credit policy, online students earn their degree faster than ever.

  • Affordable.

    For the third year in a row, Washington Monthly has ranked Bethel University in the top 10 in the Midwest on its annual list of the “Best Bang for the Buck Colleges,” coming in at No. 7 for 2018.

  • A Christian Community.

    Bethel combines academic excellence with a biblical foundation, preparing students to truly impact the world.

About Bethel University

Bethel University was founded in 1947 and is an accredited, evangelical institution located in Mishawaka, Indiana. It is a Christian community of learners dedicated to building lives of commitment for leadership in the church and the world. Bethel provides liberating academic and co-curricular programs to challenge the mind, enlarge the vision and equip the whole person for lifelong service. At Bethel, we are committed to cultivating a spirited community of engaged learners who are prepared for service in the real world.


Bethel University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of numerous associations, institutes and councils. Bethel is also authorized by the state of Indiana to operate as a postsecondary institution. Bethel University participates in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) as an approved Indiana NC-SARA institution. The education programs at Bethel are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and nursing programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

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