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Bethel University has been continuously accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1959. This "regional accreditation," recognized by the United States Department of Education, demonstrates that the university meets quality educational standards.

Many programs of the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Adult & Professional Studies, the Graduate School, and Bethel Seminary are accredited or approved through discipline-specific organizations that are national in scope. Programs in nursing, senior care, and education are approved through professional boards within Minnesota. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master’s degree program in nursing at Bethel University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org)The university is registered to operate within the State of Minnesota, and seminary programs are registered to operate in states where they are physically located.

The university also has established partnerships with Christian colleges and universities through the Christian College Consortium and the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.

The Higher Learning Commission
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604

Bethel Seminary accreditation

Association of Theological Schools (ATS)
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1110

Learn more about Bethel Seminary accreditation.


Program-specific accreditors

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
11520 West 119th Street
Overland Park, KS 66213

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)
12000 Findley Road, Suite 275
Johns Creek, Georgia, 30097

Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME)
8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550
Silver Spring, MD 20910

The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)
2201 Double Creek Drive, Suite 5006
Round Rock, TX 78664

Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE)
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
112 S. Alfred Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
655 K Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001

Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
500 Montgomery Street, Suite 350
Alexandria, VA 22314

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
1701 Duke Street, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314

Minnesota Board of School Administrators
1500 MN-36 West
Roseville, MN 55113

Minnesota Professional Education Licensing Standards Board (PELSB)
1021 Bandana Bouledard E. Suite 222
St Paul, MN 55108


Program approvals

  • American Chemical Society
  • Minnesota Board of Teaching
  • Minnesota Board of Nursing
  • Minnesota Board of Nursing Home Administrators
  • Minnesota Board of School Administrators


  • Christian College Consortium
  • Council for Christian Colleges & Universities
  • Upper Midwest Association for Intercultural Education
  • Jerusalem University College
  • Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies

State registration

Bethel University is registered with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to Minnesota statutes, sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.