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...helping the next generation discover and embrace their God-given mission.

BU@NMC combines the strengths of Bethel University and Nappanee Missionary Church.  Those seeking a degree will benefit from Bethel University’s strong academics while being immersed in the leadership culture of NMC. Students will receive practical ministry experience in a learning environment that promotes spiritual growth.

Why Bethel University at NMC?

Life Flexibility

Through BU@NMC, you will earn a college degree while still having the flexibility to remain at home and continue to work a part-time job.

Reduced Tuition

Bethel University offers discounted tuition to students at extension sites, allowing BU-X students to earn up to 30 credit hours a year for $10,000.  Additionally, financial aid is available for those who qualify. 

Practical Training

Ministry and business apprenticeships will be offered to you through BU@NMC. Up to 3 credit hours per semester will be given for practicum experience.  This amounts to 8-10 hours weekly of firsthand leadership, ministry, and workplace experience.

Get Your Degree at a fraction of the cost.

Starting in August 2020, BU@NMC will provide eight degree options, and we anticipate adding more potential selections in the 2021-22 and/or 2022-23 school years.  The current options are:
B.A. = Bachelor of Arts  |  B.S. = Bachelor of Science  |  A.A. = Associate of Arts

The degree is designed to offer a more robust general studies core to traditional-aged students while providing them with a cognate of Christian ministries-related courses and a series of church-based supervised ministry practicums. The goal of the degree is to foster students' ability to think deeply and Christianly and to minister and communicate well in an increasingly diverse American context. As students engage in coursework, they will also experience deeper personal spiritual growth that will enable them to provide Christ-centered leadership to meet a variety of needs.

The Ministry Leadership degree program incorporates in-depth Bible and theological study, while focusing on the practical skills needed to minister in today's contemporary diverse culture. As students engage in coursework, they will also experience deeper personal spiritual growth that will enable them to provide Christ-centered leadership to meet a variety of needs. The degree offers students the flexibility to tailor their studies to emphasize biblical studies, youth ministry, or pastoral studies.

The foundation of the program is a Christ-centered liberal arts general education curriculum which consists of a wide range of general studies from communications skills, humanities, diversity and global awareness, social science, natural science and math, Bible and religion. These courses serve as fulfilling most of the general studies requirements of any four-year degree. Students have the opportunity to individualize their education in order to achieve a balance between developing their known interest and exploring new subject areas. This AA includes the opportunity to learn via a series of supervised practicums, if desired.

This innovative degree allows students to custom-design their degree plan to better pursue unique avenues in their professional development. Rooted in liberal arts, our core curriculum gives you a comprehensive academic foundation through courses in communications, humanities, diversity and global awareness, social science, natural science and math, religion and philosophy, and wellness. Beyond this core curriculum, you may structure your degree with up to three different concentration areas, depending on your transfer credits and topics of interest.

This degree is designed to provide students with the necessary tools to begin a career in business or to increase the skillset for those already working in a business setting. Students will choose a concentration area to expand their business knowledge and become more marketable in human resource management, non-profit management, health care administration, or organizational leadership. All content is delivered through the lens of a Christian world view to enable students to integrate faith in decision making to promote sound business ethics.

This program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to communicate effectively to target audiences, develop promotional materials and implement successful marketing strategies. With a comprehensive curriculum that features core business topics and specialized marketing coursework, the online bachelor's in marketing features an emphasis on social media and the latest industry approaches. This program is an accelerated course of study, transfer-friendly and can be completed in two years.

This program is designed to train graduates to meet the cybersecurity needs of organizations in financial, educational, corporate and government settings. With a rigorous curriculum that provides a deep understanding of key topics in computer systems, cyberlaw, policy creation and compliance, it combines industry best practices with real-world application.

The B.S. Degree in Behavioral and Social Science is designed for students with the interest and passion for helping people. The behavioral and social science degree program develops the skills needed for working in social service agencies, group homes, crisis centers, mental health agencies, religious organizations, extended care facilities and substance abuse centers. This degree would also position students to earn a Master's degree in counseling or social work.

This affordable degree track is a 2+2 program designed for students to complete the first two years at an extension site. After the initial two years, students will transition to finishing their Education degree at Bethel University. The goal of this degree is to foster students' ability to think deeply, give them appropriate exposure to a K-12 classroom, and prepare them to finish their bachelor's degree in education. The degree is especially well- poised to appeal to students who have an interest in education, while allowing them experiences to determine their area of specialty within the field of education.

Cost: $10,000

Cost: $10,000

Total cost is for one year of tuition and fees at BU@NMC. The price is based on 15 credits per semester, including 3 practicum hours. The cost will increase if the student registers for additional credits.

*Financial aid is available for those who qualify.  Students may apply for the Federal Pell Grant and Indiana residents may apply for Indiana state grants.  For eligible students with the most need, these grants may substantially reduce their out-of-pocket costs.

Here are your Next Steps!

1. Get More Information

Fill out this short info form to get the process started.

2. Apply to Bethel University

Students should transfer FAFSA, SAT/ACT scores, and school transcripts to Bethel University.

*All students must meet the admission criteria for Bethel University.

3. Acceptance and Enrollment

Bethel University's admission team will notify you of acceptance and begin your enrollment at BU@NMC.

4. Select Classes

You will work with your advisor to select the appropriate classes pertaining to your degree.

Let's start a conversation.


B.A. = Bachelor of Arts | B.S. = Bachelor of Science | A.A. = Associate of Arts

Frequently Asked Questions

WHO SHOULD APPLY TO BU@NMC?

BU@NMC is for all high school graduates and interested young adults, looking to discover and embrace their God-given mission within a platform of vocational ministry or the marketplace.

WHEN CAN I APPLY?

Students are admitted in either the fall (classes begin in August) or spring (classes begin in January) semesters.

IS HOUSING AVAILABLE?

Unfortunately, housing is not available.

WHAT DOES A TYPICAL WEEK LOOK LIKE AT BU@NMC?

Check out what a typical week would look like at BU@NMC.

IS THIS AN ACCREDITED PROGRAM?

Yes, this program partners with Bethel University. Bethel University is a fully accredited institution authorized to award associate, bachelor, and master’s degrees.

WHO IS TEACHING THE CLASSES?

Bethel University will provide online courses for students, meaning you will be taught by BU professors.

WILL CREDITS FROM OTHER COLLEGES TRANSFER OR CAN I TRANSFER CREDITS FROM BU@NMC TO ANOTHER COLLEGE?

Yes, although each school varies in what they will or will not accept, most general classes will transfer in or transfer out to other schools.

DO I GET TO FOCUS MY PRACTICUM ON A CERTAIN TRACK?

Yes. Each student will have the opportunity to focus their ministry experience in either Kid Ministry, Student Ministry, Adult Ministry, Worship Ministry, Care Ministry, or Business (provided only to Business Administration majors).

WHAT DO I RECEIVE IF I FINISH?

There are both two-year associate degrees and four-year bachelor degrees available from Bethel University. Both degrees offer valuable life experience, leadership development, and ministry training from serving at Nappanee Missionary Church.

DOES THE PROGRAM OFFER FINANCIAL AID OR STUDENT LOANS?

BU@NMC enables enrolled students to pay for their college experience using federal financial aid. To know if you are eligible for such funding, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.studentaid.gov and maintain 12 credit hours each semester.

Many scholarships received from organizations outside of Bethel University can be applied to the cost of your education.

Bethel University will assist you in understanding all of your financial options.

About NMC

Making fully-committed disciples of Jesus Christ.

At Nappanee Missionary Church, we believe that it is critical for a fully committed disciple to change, grow, connect, serve, and multiply. We are making fully committed disciples regionally through strategic regional partnerships in places such as Chicago, Gary, and South Bend. We are making fully committed disciples globally through strategic global partnerships in places such as Honduras, Mexico, India, Africa, and the Middle East.

Contact Us

Terry Bley

BU at NMC Site Director
terrybley@nmc.church