Division of Adult and Graduate Studies


Luke Caldwell, M.Ed., Executive Director of Adult and Graduate Studies

Joy Barnes, D.N.P., Coordinator of B.S.N Completion and Master of Science in Nursing programs

Jim Bennett, Ed.D., Coordinator of AGS Education program

Terry Chi, Ph.D. Coordinator of Behavioral and Social Science

Dale Gadd, Ph.D., AGS Coordinator of Instruction, Director of the PLA

Kent Eby, Ph.D., Coordinator of Christian Leadership and Master of Arts in Ministry programs

Alice Ramos, Ph.D., Coordinator of Cyber Security program

David Stauffer, Ed.D., Coordinator of Business Program

Undergraduate Programs:

Behavioral & Social Science

Bible & Ministry


Business Administration

Business Marketing

Christian Leadership

Cyber Security

Interdisciplinary Studies


Organizational Management

Graduate Programs


Master of Arts in Ministry

Master of Arts in Teaching

Master of Arts in Theological Studies

Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership

Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministries

Master of Business Administration

Master of Education

Master of Science in Nursing

Transition to Teaching

A list of fully online programs can be viewed on the Bethel University website.

Department Mission:

The mission of the Adult and Graduate Studies is to serve adult students by:

  1. Offering innovative academic programs designed to meet the special needs of adult learners.
  2. Providing support services for adult learners.
  3. Integrating adult students into the Bethel University community.
  4. Assisting adults in reaching their full career potential.
  5. Encouraging the development of Christian faith and perspective in adult learning experiences.

Undergraduate Program Offerings

Accelerated Programs

Accelerated courses generally meet online or weekday evenings on campus. On campus classes are held in four-hour blocks of time for 7 weeks. Entire degree programs in Business, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Organizational Management are offered in a nontraditional, accelerated format on campus.

Prior Learning Assessment

Students in Adult undergraduate programs who have acquired college-level learning and/or competencies through professional training or significant life experience may validate this knowledge through the Prior Learning Assessment program. The program utilizes essays, examinations, certifications and other forms of documentation to petition for credit through qualified faculty evaluators. The essay process cannot be used for teacher certification programs. A fee per semester hour credit is charged; see the section on Tuition and Fees. For more details regarding this program and to schedule an individual assessment, contact the Adult & Graduate Studies office at 574-807-7550.

Admission Steps for Students in Adult Undergraduate Programs

  1. Submit an application online at www.betheluniversity.edu/apply.
  2. Have your official high school transcript or GED/HSE/TASC scores sent to the Office of Admission unless you have earned 30 semester hours of transferable credit from a regionally accredited college or university.
  3. Have official transcripts from each college or university attended sent to the Office of Admission. If you have military credit, submit a copy of your military transcript.
  4. Fulfill university proficiency requirements in English and math. Ask an admission counselor to determine your status.
  5. Complete the FAFSA (if applying for financial aid) using school code 001787.
  6. Submit your Financial Agreement form to the Office of Admission.
  7. Schedule a registration appointment with an academic advisor.

Policies regarding GED/HSE and CLEP can be found in the traditional admission section of this catalog. International students should contact the Office of Admission directly to determine adult admission requirements. Students who have previously attended Bethel University should submit a re-enrollment form through the Registrar's Office.

Admission to Adult Undergraduate Programs

Admission decisions may be based upon unofficial documents. Decision criteria will be re-evaluated as official documents are received. If minimum requirements are not met, the student may be admitted on one or both of the following:

Provisional Admission

Applicants may be admitted provisionally if all official documents are not submitted by the point of acceptance. The student will have one semester to present the required documentation and can communicate with their academic advisor with questions.

Probational Admission

Based upon academic preparation, applicants with a cumulative GPA below 2.0(4.0) may be admitted on probation and have certain requirements to aid in the transition to Bethel. Students on probation may have restrictions on coursework, and must earn a 2.0(4.0) in their first semester at Bethel to be removed from probationary status.

If you need additional information regarding the Adult undergraduate program, please visit BethelUniversity.edu or contact us at:

p. 800.422.4101

p. 574.807.7550

f.  574.807.7551