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Bethel Seminary is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools, the Higher Learning Commission, and other accrediting groups depending on program needs.

Association of Theological Schools

Bethel Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.

Degree Programs Approved

  • M.Div.
  • M.A. in Children's and Family Ministry
  • M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • M.A. in Transformational Leadership
  • M.A. (Christian Thought)
  • M.A. (Theological Studies)
  • M.A. in Ministry*
  • M.A. in Mental Health Counseling
  • M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy
  • D.Min.

*The M.A. in Ministry has been offered under the nomenclatures of M.A. in Ministry Practice and M.A. in Applied Ministry.

Extension Sites Approved

San Diego, CA
Approved Degrees: M.Div., M.A. in Christian Education, M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy, M.A. in Ministry, M.A. (Theological Studies)

Distance Education
Approved for a Comprehensive Distance Education Program.


The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275 USA
Phone: 412.788.6505
Fax: 412.788.6510

Higher Learning Commission

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.

Educational Effectiveness

At Bethel Seminary we gauge our success as an educational institution by assessing the learning outcomes our students achieve. Though we always look for opportunities for further innovation and improvement, we are proud to report that our students are successfully achieving our Program Learning Outcomes. View the report (pdf) to see a summary of our educational effectiveness data.

Additional Accreditation

The San Diego-based M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy is also accredited by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and nationally through the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.