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Frequently Asked Questions

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Online Learning brings together multiple technologies to facilitate the unique opportunity of learning in a global classroom from the comfort of your own home. No longer do you have to quit your job, move your family, or uproot your entire way of life to get the training and degree you need. From anywhere in the world where you have internet access you can further your educational and vocational goals.

Online Learning also provides the flexibility of studying when it works for your schedule. You’ll connect with fellow students from around the globe, interacting with each other and with instructors in both real and virtual time. At any given moment, in any location, a student can log into their classroom and participate in this distinctive learning experience.

BGU’s Graduate Studies is powered by Canvas. This easy to learn, easy to use virtual classroom makes your program of study a great experience!

Bethany’s passion is equipping competent, Christ-like missionaries, mission educators, and mission leaders, without prohibitive tuition rates. We keep our costs at a minimum to help you get to the field and stay on the field without graduate education debt. Our programs are about half the cost of other graduate level programs. At $1,000 per course, student tuition remains at $12,000 to complete your MA degree program. (Additional technology fees, online library fees and textbook costs apply. See the Financial Info link for more details). Scholarships are available to international students.

The security of our students is one of our top priorities. Missionaries who work in sensitive security contexts can be confident in the steps we have taken to make BGU’s Graduate Studies a secure learning environment. In addition to other security measures, our online classroom uses a non-descript URL and is password protected and SSL-encrypted.

Bethany Global University is nationally accredited by the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), the oldest Bible college accreditation agency, specializing in biblical ministry formation and professional leadership education. It is officially recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education. It is also one of the eight regional associations that make up the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education (ICETE), representing North America.

ABHE provides the best option for maintaining high academic standards while also sharing the Christian faith. Their Accreditation Standard on Institutional Integrity requires institutions to be honest and open with its compliance regarding accrediting, licensing and governing bodies.

ABHE may be reached at 5850 T G Lee Blvd, Suite 130 Orlando FL 32822 or phone 407-207-0808.

Bethany’s programs are designed for the adult learner who is actively engaged in cross-cultural ministry. Because cross-cultural ministry professionals have many responsibilities such as family, ministry, support-raising, and travel, we recommend that students enroll in one course per term. The student who enrolls in one course per term would complete twelve courses (36 credit hours) in 30 months (2 1/2 years). Students who have more time for study may increase their course load to two or three courses per term to complete their degree more quickly.

Each three-credit course is offered in an 8-week online module. Lectures, assignments, and interactive forums are completed on the web at our graduate studies portal powered by Canvas. Courses are designed to fit the busy schedules of adult learners, allowing flexibility in study schedules and online forums. Students should expect to give a minimum of ten (10) hours per week to course work.

Graduate Studies Prospective Questions

BGS students are generally ages 23-60. Each of the three degrees, Leadership, Education, and Intercultural Studies, attract a different type of student.

  • For Leadership, people who are currently involved in ministry leadership who are leading teams or teach and coaching others in leadership. Those who are in ministry in their home country may desire to grow in leadership skills and find this program helpful.
  • For Education, it is specifically for those who want to train missionaries, start new training programs, or teach in a mission/ministry context.
  • For Intercultural Studies, it is designed for those who are in or preparing for cross-cultural ministry.

The BGS programs genuinely attempt to integrate the elements of Know (academic knowledge), Be (encouraging spiritual formation in the student’s life), and Do (providing very practical steps enabling the students to apply their learning). Cost is a positive factor, with BGS programs being approximately half of what it might cost elsewhere. The focus is on leadership and participating in God’s purposes and mission in the world. Mission is at the core and that is demonstrated in the manner in which the courses have been written and are taught.

Some graduates are using their MA for leading organizations, others are developing leaders, some are engaged in evangelism, discipleship, church planting, and training positions.

The reports back have been very positive and appreciative of what they have learned and how they are able to use their degree from Bethany Graduate Studies.

Each institution maintains their own requirements, so recognition between institutions can never be guaranteed. This is considered on a case-by-case basis.

Bethany Global University does not offer a Doctorate program. Some institutions would be satisfied with our accredited Master’s program, however, each institution maintains their own requirements so recognition between institutions can never be guaranteed.

This program is designed for those in a cross-cultural ministry, not toward those needing a Masters in a secular field.

Graduate Studies Application Process

There are five possible start dates throughout the year. Please see our “Academic Calendar” for the year in which you are interested in starting.

Go to our online application from at https://bethanygu.edu/admissions/graduate/apply/

All of the following must be submitted to complete the application and begin courses for the selected start date:

  • An application form (submitted online)
  • A teacher/employer reference form
  • A pastor’s reference form
  • A personal reference form
  • An official transcript from the institution from which you earned your bachelor’s degree
  • Payment of the application fee (online) – this fee is waived for non-US citizens
  • Scan of a government-issued ID.

The following are required:

  • Complete the application process in full
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Immediate and consistent access to a reliable computer and the internet
  • An unofficial transcript may be acceptable for provisional acceptance but an official transcript is required before the end of the student’s first course or acceptance is rescinded.
  • A statement of Christian testimony

This is determined on a case-by-case basis and would only be considered in exceptional cases in which the applicants life and ministry would warrant exception. Applicants in this position should submit their curriculum vitae as part of the application process and should expect to go through an interview process with the Director of the Graduate Studies Program. Acceptance in such cases would be provisional, with conditions.

Depending on how unstable, it could certainly slow the student down.

Applicants who miss the application deadline will automatically be bumped to the next term of enrollment. If extenuating circumstances exist, the applicant can make an appeal to be considered late and exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis.

If an applicant is accepted he or she receives an acceptance email from the Admissions Office, including attached documents: a personalized acceptance letter, the course schedule, and an academic calendar.

The email also includes instructions for logging into the student management database, Populi. In addition, the new student can expect a follow-up phone call or email from the Director of the Graduate Studies Program shortly after being accepted.

Taking Classes

Orientation is required for the first class only, but encouraged for all classes.

Yes, in the sense that they need to take them as they become available throughout the year. They can join the course program at any point in the year except for one or two courses that have prerequisite courses. Students are encouraged to work with the BGS advisor in thinking through their best option in terms of program and course choices.

At this point they are about 2-6. With the online forum model that BGS uses, students get to know each other and the professors well, participating with them academically and spiritually.

Each 3-credit course is 8 weeks in length.

Most students have found that they need to spend 10-15 hours weekly for the readings and written assignment postings.

The thesis allows a student to focus in an area of ministry interest in his or her context. A thesis study could provide scope for addressing ministry issues and questions that have come up in the course of the student’s experience.

A thesis track would be recommended if any of the following are true:

  • If teaching is in the student’s future
  • If a terminal degree (doctorate) is in the student’s future
  • If visa approval is dependent upon it

The course track is designed to be more content based and focuses on how you can implement the content your learning in the classroom immediately.

The BGS Director would be happy to talk further with the potential students about this decision.

The student may choose elective courses from the two programs in which they are not enrolled. The various courses for each program can be found below:

  • Intercultural Leadership (Most Popular) – https://bethanygu.edu/programs/graduate/intercultural-leadership/
  • Intercultural Education – https://bethanygu.edu/programs/graduate/intercultural-education/
  • Intercultural Studies – https://bethanygu.edu/programs/graduate/intercultural-studies/

At this point, the program is 100% online.

A student would normally complete their degree in about 2 ½ years; however, the student has up to 5 years to complete the degree.

Each has an earned doctorate related to their area of teaching and mission and leadership experience.

Tuition, Fee’s, & Financial Aid

Tuition is $300 per credit hour for US citizens. Including a $50 administration fee, the total for each course comes to $950. For citizens of other countries, please contact gradassist@bethanygu.edu

Bethany Graduate Studies is a non-residential program, so does not qualify for financial aid from the government. Our program fees are intentionally kept as low as possible to allow more students to take our courses.