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Baptist Colleges in Minnesota

There are three Baptist-affiliated colleges in the state of Minnesota. Here, potential students can learn about the undergraduate and graduate degrees offered, as well as some information on the student life for each institution.

Students interested in enrolling at a Baptist school in Minnesota can choose from a traditional four-year university and two seminaries. These Baptist schools have a number of available academic programs and also strive to guide their students to grow spiritually through various faith-based services and organizations.

School Comparison

This table provides the average annual tuition and fees for the three private Baptist institutions in Minnesota.

School Name Institution Type Location Average Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)*
Bethlehem College and Seminary 4-year, Private not-for-profit Minneapolis, MN $6,080 (Undergraduate)
$5,100 (Graduate)
Bethel University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Saint Paul, MN $36,210 (Undergraduate)
$9,630 (Graduate)
Bethel Seminary - Saint Paul 4-year, Private not-for-profit Saint Paul, MN $9,057(Graduate)

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Overview of Baptist Colleges in Minnesota

Bethel University and Bethlehem College and Seminary offer both undergraduate and graduate degrees in a number of areas. While students can earn master's and doctoral degrees focused on theological studies and its related fields at Bethel Seminary.

Bethlehem College and Seminary

Students in Bethlehem College and Seminary have the opportunity to join small church groups and corporate worship, along with having a curriculum that incorporates the values of the church. The college offers a two-year, associate of arts degree with courses such as Ancient and Classical Literature, New Testament Survey and Theology, and Enlightenment and Modern Philosophy. Students can also earn a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies, with specializations in Cross-Cultural Ministry or Exegesis, which focuses on Hebrew and Greek. Outside of the classroom, Bethlehem encourages students to foster close relationships in their social and spiritual lives.

Seminary students can earn two graduate degrees and they have an opportunity to complete these master's degrees simultaneously if they desire. The four-year, Master of Divinity program is designed for students interested in serving as missionaries or pastors while the Master of Theology program is designed for students interested in focusing on a particular theological area.

Bethel University

Bethel University's mission is to create graduates committed to service, learning, and leadership and who desire to live out their faith. The university helps students do so through chapel services offered on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, along with the option to watch online. Outside of chapel, students can choose from campus organizations such as Model United Nations, the International Justice Mission, and Creation Restoration, an environmental awareness and protection group.

Bethel offers several dozen undergraduate majors, including applied physics, media production, history, and education. Available minors range from Spanish and religious studies to digital film and video for actors and Biblical Greek. Graduate degrees offered include a Master of Science in Physician Assistant, a Master of Arts in Counseling, a Doctor of Nursing Practice, and a Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership.

Bethel Seminary - Saint Paul

Bethel Seminary strives to prepare graduates to serve within the church and other ministry organizations for the glory of God. Students can pursue degrees on-campus as well as online. Traditional degrees offered include a Master of Arts in Theological Studies, a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a Theological Studies Certificate. Online degrees range from a Master of Arts in Children's and Family Ministry to a Doctor of Ministry.

Bethel partners with area churches and faith-oriented organizations to provide students with service opportunities. Among the opportunities available are leading worship services at a senior care facility and the Synergy Church Planning Network, which is a coalition of current churches that focuses on developing new congregations.


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