Bethel College Master’s Programs Ranked No. 44 in the Nation

Erin Kinzel

Washington Monthly has ranked Bethel College No. 44 of 632 national colleges and universities on Washington Monthly’s 2017 list of “Top Master’s Universities.” Bethel jumped four spots from the 2016 list and is one of only two Indiana schools in the top 100.

The guide ranks schools based on what they are doing for the country, not just on measures of money and prestige, and uses a variety of data, including the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard. Ratings are based on contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

According to Washington Monthly 2017 College Guide Guest Editor Kevin Carey, “Instead of rewarding colleges for the number of applications they reject, we give them credit for enrolling unusually large numbers of low-income and first-generation students. Instead of assuming that the most expensive schools are also the best, we recognize universities that produce research, train the next generation of scientists and Ph.D.s, and instill their graduates with an ethos of public service.”

The Washington Monthly College Guide is published annually in the fall, when many students are starting their college application process. To learn more about the 2017 guide, visit  

Bethel offers master’s degrees in business, education, ministry and theology, nursing and counseling. For more information, visit

Bethel was also ranked No. 2 on Washington Monthly's "Best Bang for the Buck - Midwest" list.