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TRAINING IN THE WAYS WHERE CONSISTENT RIPPLES LEAD TO MIGHTY WAVES OF IMPACT.

BU Hawaii is a unique college experience that combines the strengths of Bethel University on the big island.  Those seeking a degree will benefit from Bethel University’s strong academics while being immersed in the culture of Hawaii. Students will receive practical ministry experience in a learning environment that promotes spiritual growth.

 

2021

Year Established

6

BU-X Locations

5

Degrees Available

Unlimited

New Opportunities

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WHY BETHEL UNIVERSITY IN HAWAII?

BU Hawaii students will benefit from Bethel University's strong academics while being immersed in practical real life experience and mentorship that focuses on social entrepreneurship, ethical business, environmental awareness, and social justice. With Hawaii's unique emphasis on community and culture, BU Hawaii prioritizes in creating a safe and fun community for students to grow and develop with each other and with the community in which they live through one-on-one mentorship, Bible Studies, excursions, and outreach.

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LIFE FLEXIBILITY​

 

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

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REDUCED TUITION

 

Bethel University offers discounted tuition to students at extension sites, allowing BU Hawaii to offer tuition at a much lower cost. You can earn 30 credit hours for a full year at the cost of $10,000.

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PRACTICAL TRAINING

 

Ministry and business apprenticeships will be offered to you through BU Hawaii. 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.

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GET YOUR DEGREE WITHOUT THE DEBT

BU Hawaii currently provides five degree options, and we anticipate adding more potential selections in the 2021-22 and/or 2022-23 school years.  The current options are:

Associate of Arts in Ministry Leadership


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 Christlike and to minister and communicate well in an increasingly diverse American context. As students engage in coursework, the goal is for them to experience deeper personal spiritual growth that will enable them to provide Christ-centered leadership to meet a variety of needs.




Associate of Arts in General 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.




Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration


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.




Bachelor of Arts in Ministry Leadership


The Christian 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.




Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral and Social Science


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.





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COST: $10,000

 

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

*For those eligible for the Pell Grant the out-of-pocket cost is substantially reduced.

HERE ARE YOUR NEXT STEPS:

1. APPLY WITH US 

Fill out this short info form to get the process started and get more info. Our site director will get in touch with you shortly.

2. APPLY WITH BETHEL

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 &

ENROLLMENT

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

4. SELECT YOUR CLASSES

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

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LET'S START A CONVERSATION

DEGREE OF INTEREST

SUCCESS!

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who should apply to BU Hawaii?


BU Hawaii 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.




How much does it cost?


Total cost is for one year of tuition and fees at BU Hawaii. 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.




Will credits from other colleges transfer or can I transfer credits from BU Hawaii to another college?


Yes, any credits from a regionally accredited college or university would generally transfer. For more questions, please visit Bethel's Transfer Credit Policy page. The Registrar's Office reviews all official transcripts on a case-by-case scenario and, if applicable, awards transfer credits appropriately for each Bethel corresponding course. Students may also receive elective credits for courses that do not apply to the area of their degree.




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.




Do I get to focus my practicum on a certain track?


Yes. Each student will have the opportunity to gain experience in their degree discipline.




What degree do I receive when 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 experience serving in the marketplace through local businesses, non-profits, and ministry experience through a host of community and church partners.




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.




Does the program offer financial aid or student loans?


BU Hawaii 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.