Innovative Missionary University Receives Accreditation
Students at BGU now earn accredited education while doing missions work overseas
MINNEAPOLIS, February 11, 2016 – Bethany Global University (BGU), an incredibly unique university focused solely on training missionaries through a blend of academic and immersive training, announced today that it was awarded accreditation through The Association for Biblical Higher Education.
Partnered with BGU’s tuition-paid program, students who intend to serve on the mission field can now earn a college degree that maintains high educational standards, and they can do so at a fraction of the cost of a typical four-year university.
“BGU is the only school of its kind,” said Paul Hartford, Vice President of Academic Affairs. “We are now one of the only accredited school that is solely focused on missionary training. The university’s mission is to ‘extend God’s kingdom to where it is not” – to take the Church to where it is not. Our precision-focus on missionary training means we will not offer other degrees, programs, or certificates that do not fit this goal.”
BGU has taken an innovative approach to training missionaries through an immersive 16-month Global Internship that allows students to study missions while serving as missionaries. Through the recent accreditation, the ABHE has affirmed this experiential immersive educational model.
“BGU has been preparing missionaries for nearly 70 years. The process has always been non-traditional.,” Hartford said. “Educational philosophies have changed so dramatically that non-traditional schools like BGU are leading the way in experiential, immersive, cross-cultural models of education.”
BGU’s tuition-paid model, missions focus, work program, and Global Internship program make BGU stand out for innovative higher education.
“Since its founding, BGU set out to train and send missionaries with excellence,” said David Hasz, Executive Vice President. “That is why the leadership felt like our non-traditional approach was the most effective method of equipping those called to reach the lost overseas. With accreditation, BGU’s program is strengthened with the increased accountability, counsel, and peer support from other ABHE schools.”
Bethany Global University was founded in 1948 and operates its undergraduate programs at its campus in Bloomington, Minnesota. BGU graduates have served with 68 mission agencies in more than 80 countries.
Hundreds of other alumni have served in Christian publishing, ministries and churches. For more information on BGU’s tuition, programs, ministries and enrollment opportunities, go to bethanygu.edu or call 1-800-323-3417.