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Occasional Student Application Process

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Criteria for Occasional Student Admission include:

  1. Completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher;
  2. Ability to do theological study at the graduate level as determined from the scope and quality of the applicant's undergraduate program and academic references;
  3. Compatibility of the applicant's personal and vocational objectives with the objectives and resources of the Seminary;
  4. Evidence of personal maturity and leadership potential as determined from references, interviews, and other data.


Occasional Student Application Process:

  • Pay Application Fee ($50.00) 
  • If you have participated in Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) within the last two years, you are eligible for an application fee waiver. The admissions office may request a letter verifying your participation in the program and the dates of your participation.



Or, mail a check directly to:
Bethany Theological Seminary
615 National Road West
Richmond, IN 47374


For further assistance, contact or 800-287-8822.

Nan Erbaugh
Emphasis in Peace Studies '08

NanBethany taught me so much. I didn't realize what a loner I had really been all my life until I opened myself to life within the Bethany community. I felt stretched, pushed, and affirmed in amazing, helpful ways. The importance of a close, supportive community cannot be overestimated, especially in light of the challenges faced living out the peace witness to which I feel called. At Bethany, I gained more courage to step into this crucial niche of the Church of the Brethren. Add the grounded, spiritual theological foundation and academic depth I gained through course work, and I feel transformed in a powerful, positive way to serve God.