Distance Learning


Are you one of the many people God is calling to ministry or further study who is unable to relocate to Bethany in Richmond, Indiana?
  • Do you need to continue your current career while preparing to answer God’s call?
  • Are you already involved in ministry and seek to further your education while continuing to serve where God has put you?
  • Are you feeling the call to prepare for ministry or further study but are unable to relocate because of family or other obligations?
 If so, then Bethany’s Connections track for both the MDiv and MA is designed with you in mind!

Our distance education track, Connections, allows students in either the master of arts or master of divinity program to complete their degree with great flexibility. One-third of the coursework for each degree must be completed at Bethany’s Richmond campus, following the current accrediting guidelines of The Association of Theological Schools (ATS). This means only nine of the twenty-eight courses for the MDiv and six of the nineteen courses for the MA need to be taken at the Richmond campus. Students may earn the additional required credits either through Bethany’s online courses or at other locations.

This also means that Bethany students do not need to relocate to earn a master’s degree. The rigorous, fully-accredited Connections curriculum combines online learning with Bethany’s close-knit community during intensive courses on campus. Connections students may also choose from the same optional ministry foci and emphases as other MDiv and MA students.

A Personalized and Flexible Program that Fits Your  Needs

Connections courses are offered in the following formats:

In addition, traditional and block face-to-face courses can be taken at Bethany; at Bethany’s Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania; via cross-registration with our sister schools; or even transferred in from other local seminaries.

Students in our graduate certificates are able to complete all of their courses in any available format. The one-third requirement does not apply to a nondegree program.

For more information about completing a degree or certificate from a distance through Bethany, refer to the Bethany Catalog.