Three Tracks of Study

On January 2, 1996, Bethany began revising its programs in an effort to fulfill both the purpose and objectives of the college and seminary. As a result, all programs now fall into three categories or tracks. Within these tracks the student may pursue a degree in one of the disciplines as shown in the chart below. These changes assure students that every effort is being made to help them receive a better quality education with higher academic courses of study.

Bethany Bible College and Seminary is committed to the fundamental importance of the Word of God in ministry. Persons who have answered the call of God to Christian service, whether it is pastoring, being an evangelist, missionary, counselor, or educator, must be able to interpret the Word of God. Bethany has produced a strong curriculum in Bible and Theological studies to achieve this goal.

Beginning with the Old Testament and continuing through the New, Bethany has put together a track of study which includes foundational courses providing background information in manners and customs, and in themes of the books of the Bible. This will enable students to develop a methodology for lifelong biblical study. These studies are an introduction to the disciplines that are necessary for Bible exposition.

Building upon the foundation of exposition and Bible theology, Bethany directs students into theology proper, teaching them to formalize the great biblical truths that are contained in Scripture. Theology proper serves the other divisions by reminding them of the total content of the Bible as developed by the God called and inspired writers of both the Old and New Testaments. This is accomplished through the study of Bible Doctrine, Christian Theology, and Systematic Theology.

Seminary Division

Master of Arts in Religion
Doctor of Philosophy in Religion

In the seminary division of Bethany, the Biblical Theology Track allows the student to enroll into the  Master of Arts in Religion with a concentration in Bible, which prepares the student for enrolling into the Doctor of Philosophy in Religion with a concentration in Bible.

Master of Theological Studies
Doctor of Theological Studies

This is a second option offered by Bethany under the Biblical Theology Track. While the courses of study may include a majority of course subjects offered in the Master of Arts in Religion with a concentration in Bible, and the Doctor of Philosophy in Religion with a concentration in Bible, this option allows the student to explore greater depths in Theology.

A third option, offered by Bethany under the Biblical Theology Track is the Doctor of Biblical Studies degree program. This program allows the student to complete a Master's degree in the field of Bible,  Theology, or Ministry and enroll into the Doctor of Biblical Studies and concentrate in the field of Bible.

Bethany's Christian Education Track is called Educational Theology. The curriculum of the Educational Theology Track is primarily intended to develop the basic competencies necessary to engage in Christian Education in the church. Persons who desire to teach may select this area of Studies in Religion to broaden their knowledge and help develop a distinctly Christian philosophy of Christian education.

Seminary Division

Master of Arts in Religion
Doctor of Philosophy in Religion

In the seminary division of Bethany, the Educational Theology Track allows the student to enroll into the  Master of Arts in Religion with a concentration in Christian Education, which prepares the student for enrolling into the Doctor of Philosophy in Religion with a concentration in Christian Education.

Prospective students who feel called to pastoral and counseling ministries, should select courses in the Ministry Theology Track. These courses enable the student to pursue the field of Pastoral Ministry, Christian Counseling or Missions through the appropriate concentration.

Seminary Division

Master of Ministry
Doctor of Ministry

In the seminary division of Bethany, the Ministry Theology Track allows the student to study in three different areas of ministry.

Option Number One allows the student to have a concentration in Pastoral Ministry. Under this option the student completes the Master of Ministry with a concentration in Pastoral Ministry, and then proceed on to the Doctor of Ministry with a concentration in Pastoral Ministry.

Option Number Two allows the student to have a concentration in Christian Counseling. However, this degree program requires the student to enroll into the Master of Arts in Religion with a concentration in Christian Counseling, which may be followed by the Doctor of Philosophy in Religion with a concentration in Christian Counseling.

Option Number Three allows the student preparing for missionary service to enroll into the Master of Ministry with a concentration in Missiology, and then proceed on to the Doctor of Missiology degree program.

Students who complete the curriculum in their respective study track, and who have met the other school requirements will be conferred upon their appropriate degree at the Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's or Doctorate levels.

Bethany’s degree courses and programs are designed to provide you with the knowledge needed for the work of the ministry to which you have been called. Our goal is to equip you for the task that has been set before you. Those who respond to the Divine call of God are special people, and you are special, if God has called you into His service. Bethany is aware of this great responsibility and has designed programs of study whereby you may fulfill your mission in life as you minister unto our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

We believe that the information herein provided, will provide you with an insight to selecting the right degree program most appropriate for your calling. Bethany wants to be a part of preparing you for the ministry and if you need help in making your decision for the right program of study, please feel free to call the office or email us, and we will be glad to assist you.

Click on the desired degree below for curriculum information.

First Year
Certificate of Biblical Studies
General Bible Diploma

Second Year
Associate of Arts in Religion-Concentration Bible
Associate of Arts in Religion-Concentration in Ministry

Third Year
Graduate of Theology- Concentration Bible/Theology

Fourth Year
Bachelor of Arts in Religion-Concentration Bible
Bachelor of Arts in Religion-Concentration Christian Counseling
Bachelor of Arts in Religion-Concentration Christian Education
Bachelor of Arts in Religion-Concentration Pastoral Ministry
Bachelor of Theological Studies
Bachelor of Applied Science in Bible