Bethlehem College & Seminary is a small, Christ-centered college and seminary affiliated with Bethlehem Baptist Church. Bethlehem College & Seminary grew out of The Bethlehem Institute, which has been a higher education ministry of Bethlehem Baptist Church for many years.
Bethlehem College & Seminary is located at the Downtown Campus of Bethlehem Baptist Church on the corner of 8th Street and 13th Avenue in Minneapolis. Bethlehem Baptist Church has been on this corner since the 1880s.
We are on the edge of the Elliot Park Neighborhood—an inner-city neighborhood that is economically and ethnically diverse. Our classes and offices are just a 15-minute walk away from the center of the city and just several blocks from the new U.S. Bank Stadium, where the Vikings play.
Just a few blocks south is the Philips Neighborhood, the most ethnically diverse and economically challenged neighborhood in Minneapolis. We are also a ten minute bike ride to the University of Minnesota campus with its 50,000 students and thousands of international students. What an awesome place for ministry training!
Our classrooms and offices are located on the Downtown Campus of Bethlehem Baptist Church, but being church-based is much bigger than just our location. Being church-based means that we strive for mutual accountability for theological and doctrinal fidelity with the church, and gladly submit to its council of elders for governance. Students, both undergraduate and graduate, will be folded into the life of the church, using their gifts to benefit the body, and benefiting from the gifts of others in the body.
College is a time when many students leave the church. We believe that the advantages of a church-based college program are many:
Bethlehem Baptist Church is a fellowship of several thousand believers who meet for worship in three locations: downtown Minneapolis, Mounds View, and Lakeville, Minnesota. We are old and young, married and single, urban and suburban, growing in ethnic and economic diversity, and we exist to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ.
Yes! Bethlehem College & Seminary students are required to be members of Bethlehem Baptist Church for at least the first two years of their program. After the first two years of their program, a student may petition to affiliate with another church if they have the opportunity for significant ministry or internships that will enhance their ministry preparation beyond what is possible at Bethlehem. (Unusual exceptions may be granted by the agreement of both the Academic Dean and the President.)
This means that a limited number of students are admitted to each program (usually 14–18 people in a single cohort), and students pass through the carefully sequenced curriculum together. This facilitates in-depth interaction and in-depth relationships in the subject matter and its relevance for real life.
Our intentionally small and church based model provides students with many opportunities for discipleship:
Omnia is a 64-credit undergraduate program designed to be taken sequentially over the first two years of a student’s undergraduate course of study. These courses are concentrated around five key disciplines: history, theology, philosophy, literature, and the sciences. Omnia is designed to meet the distribution requirements for undergraduate general education in an integrated and cross-disciplinary delivery model.
By ‘integrated curriculum,’ we mean that students do not take separate courses in history, philosophy, Bible, theology, logic, composition, and literature. Instead, the students participate in one program, in which all of these disciplines are woven together along the historical timeline. This means that students are able to see the connections between various areas of study as they develop throughout history, and most importantly, recognize how everything relates to Christ.
In addition, the program is not limited to the classroom. Students study the Scriptures together, pray together, participate in field trips and experiential learning opportunities together, as well as learn practical life skills, all as an expression of a holistic Christian worldview.
You can find our Affirmation of Faith here.
Bethlehem’s undergraduate program offers an Associate of Arts, a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies with Exegesis and Cross-Cultural Ministry concentrations, and a Bachelor of Arts in History of Ideas.
Our degree completion program offers a Bachelor of Theology, and a Certificate in Theological Studies.
Our graduate program offers a Master of Divinity with Church Planting and Revitalization and Worship Pastor concentrations, as well as a Master of Theology.
There are approximately 200 total students enrolled for the 2016–17 school year in the College and Seminary.
Yes. Bethlehem College & Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Association of Biblical Higher Education, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education) 5850 TG Lee Blvd. Suite 130, Orlando, Florida 32822, Ph. (407) 207-0808; abhe.org.
So far, our graduates have had high success rates in finding employment in their field after graduation. You can find more about our Institutional Facts, including employment rates, here.
Starting an application is simple! You can begin the process here.
Yes! Bethlehem College & Seminary is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. For more information, please go here.
Our college only accepts junior transfers with 65 or more transferable credits. To begin a transfer application, go here.
Our degree completion program builds on previous credits in order to complete a Bachelor of Theology degree. Applicants must have a minimum of 48 transferable credits. To begin a Degree completion application, go here.
The Master of Divinity program is a full four-year program and does not accept transfer credits.
Bethlehem College & Seminary does not offer online courses for college credit. However, we do offer a number of biblical and theological courses through the Biblemesh platform. You can learn more here.
To see a full explanation of our undergraduate admissions policies, go here.
After potential students’ applications have been evaluated, viable applicants will be interviewed by a member or members of the Admissions Committee. Based on the evaluation of the application and the results of the Admissions Committee interview, students will receive either an acceptance or rejection letter.
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Honest assessments from trusted teachers and mentors are crucial in this process. Ultimately, we put our trust not in polished essays or impressive transcripts, but in a God who is sovereign and guides both applicants and admissions committees.
Students are required to submit a score from one of these standardized tests. Which test to take depends on which schools you are applying for. Contact admissions at [email protected] for more information.
Our test codes are as follows: ACT (5537); CLT (no code); SAT (7072).
The minimum ACT score is 21; the minimum CLT score is 70; the minimum SAT score is 980 (new scoring system) for prospective students. Contact admissions at [email protected] for more information.
No. Because we are cohort-based, we can only accept new students in the Fall.
Undergraduate students may transfer a total of 8 math and natural science credits (4 for math; 4 for science) and 8 credits as electives (for a total of 16 credits). Our minimum score is 50 for most CLEP examinations. Students must score a 3 or higher on AP exams. AP and CLEP exams vary in credit value and is only awarded in those areas applicable to the undergraduate curriculum at Bethlehem College & Seminary. Please contact our Registrar at [email protected], if you’re interested.
We accept up to 16 credits for incoming freshmen, so it may be helpful. Contact our registrar at [email protected] to find out if the courses you’re thinking of apply.
Here are two other reasons we think PSEO could be helpful beyond the Bethlehem College & Seminary:
Bethlehem College & Seminary is not federally funded in any way, and so many common grants and loans (i.e. Perkins or Stafford loans) cannot be applied to the Bethlehem College & Seminary tuition. Instead, Bethlehem offers every resident student a Serious Joy Scholarship of $10,000 per year, which is funded privately by generous contributors. If you have questions about possibilities and limitations for tuition assistance, contact admissions at [email protected].
Yes! We love having students visit the school. Please fill out our class visit form here to get started.
The Bethlehem Seminary Admissions Committee is looking for:
To see a full explanation of our undergraduate admissions policies, go here.
No. Bethlehem College & Seminary only offers two graduate level programs (M.Div. and Th.M.), which are designed for men training for vocational eldership. Women may apply to any of Bethlehem’s undergraduate programs or may pursue graduate level theological education at other institutions with more widely focused aims.
The deadline for applications is December 1. Candidates are then interviewed by a member or members of the Seminary Admissions Committee. The cohort is selected at the end of February, and notified in March. All applicants receive letters of acceptance or rejection.
The per credit hour cost for our undergraduate degree programs is $190/credit for 2016–17.
At the seminary, we do not charge per credit, but instead have a program cost. For those beginning in the 2016–17 school year, our program cost is approximately $20,000 to be paid over 4 years. The program cost does not include fees, conferences, etc.
If you have further questions about tuition and payment, contact our registrar at [email protected].
Our prayer and desire is to be able to provide both undergraduate and graduate degree programs at a fraction of what most institutions of higher learning charge so that students can graduate debt free.
We offer two options:
*Important: Students must have a zero balance at the end of each semester in order to register for the following semester’s courses.
For more information about pricing, please email our Registrar at [email protected], or call 612-455-3420.
Classes are held at Bethlehem Baptist Church, and our offices are located there as well. The church building is shared with all of the church staff and events, with faculty offices located in a building across the street as well as a new library space. There are thousands of church events held in the church every year, so it is an active, vibrant place for our students to learn and see the everyday life of the church.
Bethlehem College & Seminary has minimal housing units available, so students are free to live anywhere in the Twin Cities area. Because classes are held at the Downtown Campus of Bethlehem Baptist Church, most students live nearby.
Some church members rent out rooms in their houses or own duplexes in the neighborhood, so many students find housing from within the church community. For more information about housing, email our Housing Coordinator at [email protected].
First, we want you to know that we love being in the heart of the city! We are aware that our surroundings give some people reason to pause in their consideration of the Bethlehem College & Seminary, but we see our location as an opportunity to reach the nations – these neighborhoods are some of the most diverse in the U.S.
The safety and stability of the surrounding neighborhoods have been on the rise for several years despite the typical and continued struggles of the area. Many of our pastors, staff, and faculty have lived in these neighborhoods for decades. Even so, we do take precautions – we want our students to be safe. Freshmen students are housed with Bethlehem families who have lived in the neighborhood for a number of years, and if students go out after dark they are required to go out in pairs or larger groups.
No. There are several means of public transit within blocks of the Downtown Campus, and Minneapolis is known as one of the best biking cities in the United States. Students are allowed to bring cars, but keep in mind that driving and parking on narrow streets in the winter can be both challenging and costly.
Parking in the main church lot is unavailable to Bethlehem College & Seminary students as there is limited parking. Parking is available nearby in a lot owned by Bethlehem Baptist Church.
For those who choose to bring a car, there is daytime parking available nearby the Downtown Campus in a lot owned by Bethlehem Baptist Church, and students may also purchase parking permits which make it very easy to park in the neighborhoods nearby. During the winter, students will need to watch for alerts regarding restrictions on street parking.
Yes, but we recommend that if you must work, you wait until at least the second half of your first semester to look for a job. Here are some important things to consider before deciding to find a job.
That said, many of our students work part-time jobs to help cover expenses while attending school. Because our programs are so rigorous, students are discouraged from working more than 15 hours per week during the academic terms.
Students should expect their time in class and on homework to be the equivalent of a substantial full-time job (45–55 hours per week).
Bethlehem College & Seminary is governed by the Bethlehem College & Seminary Board of Trustees which meets quarterly. The Board is overseen by the Bethlehem Baptist Church Council of Elders.
The administrators, teachers, and mentors at Bethlehem College & Seminary are men and women who gladly embrace the Bethlehem College & Seminary Affirmation of Faith, members of Bethlehem Baptist Church or other like-minded congregations, and gladly subscribe to the Bethlehem College & Seminary Community Declaration.
All faculty must have a least a graduate level degree. Our desire is that all our faculty have or are working towards a terminal degree in their field of study.
If you are interested in working at Bethlehem College & Seminary, you may email your resume or curriculum vitae to us at [email protected].
According to our accrediting agency, the Association of Biblical Higher Education, accreditation is a means of assuring the public that an institution meets accepted standards of quality and integrity. For more on this subject, check out abhe.org/accreditation/faqs/.
Degrees are never accredited; institutions are. If you graduated from Bethlehem before February 2015, you graduated from a non-accredited institution because accreditation is never retroactive.
Even with accreditation, Bethlehem College & Seminary does not yet have the power to authorize students to defer their current student loans. We are currently researching what that would require of us.
Even with accreditation, Bethlehem College & Seminary cannot automatically accept 529 monies. It requires a separate application process that Bethlehem has not yet begun.
Accreditation is not retroactive for 2014; it only applies moving forward from February 2015. Furthermore, even with accreditation, Bethlehem College & Seminary cannot automatically issue 1098-T documents to allow students to write off their tuition from their taxes for 2015. That requires a separate application process that Bethlehem has not yet begun.
At this time Bethlehem has elected not to participate in GI bill funds and other veteran funds.
Bethlehem has elected not to participate in Title IV funds.
Yes! Bethlehem College & Seminary is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students. For more information, please see our admissions page here.