Admissions information for Bethany University students

Special message to Bethany University students from President Larry J. McKinney

It is with sadness that we received word of Bethany University's plans to close its doors, not offering classes for the 2011-2012 academic year. Bethany University has had a wonderful history of equipping students for life and service in the church and the world for almost one-hundred years.  They have been a wonderful partner in Christ-centered higher education. I have been in touch with the leadership of the university to communicate our prayers and support.

Simpson University will work closely with any Bethany University student who wishes to explore applying to our university in order to complete their studies. Please follow the links below for information on how to apply to Simpson University along with details on tuition, room, board, and scholarships.

Dr. Larry J. McKinney

We are now accepting applications for Fall 2011

Bethany students: Your $20 application fee is being waived. 

Please contact Melissa Hart-Ostrander directly at (530) 226.4637 or


Application Checklist for First-Time Freshman Applicants

  • Apply Online
  • Spiritual Reference: the form is located within the online application and may be completed by your pastor, youth pastor or Christian mentor
  • Official SAT or ACT Scores: request to have your scores sent to Simpson University (the college code for SAT is 4698, ACT is 0430)
  • Official High School Transcript

Application materials may be sent to the Undergraduate Admissions Office:

Simpson University
Undergraduate Admissions
2211 College View Drive
Redding, CA 96003
888-974-6776 (toll free)
530-226-4861 (fax)

Application Checklist for Transfer Applicants

  • Apply online
  • Spiritual Reference: the form is located within the online application and may be completed by your pastor, youth pastor or Christian mentor
  • Official College Transcript(s)

Bethany Transfer students: Upon receipt of your college transcripts, a transcript evaluation will be completed within 2 business days. For students who are transferring in with more than 75 credits, additional time may be required to create a degree completion plan.

Application materials may be sent to the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

Graduate Studies and AW Tozer Theological Seminary Applicants

Students seeking to pursue graduate study should visit the desired program landing page and be familiar with program specific admissions requirements. In general, all graduate students will need to:

  • Apply Online*(Contact us at and mention you are a Bethany student. We will send you the application fee waiver code established for Bethany transfer students.)
  • Submit all official transcripts from institutions of higher learning. Transcripts must show a bachelor's degree earned from a regionally accredited school.
  • Write a 750-1000 word admissions essay. Topics are specific by program and details are available both in the online application and on the program website.
  • Provide two references via our online reference system. This is part of the online application. You will need the email addresses of two people, unrelated to you, who know you in a professional setting and who can attest to your ability to succeed in and contribute to the graduate program.

Additional Application Materials

Application materials may be sent to the Admissions Office:

Simpson University
Undergraduate Admissions
2211 College View Drive
Redding, CA 96003
888-974-6776 (toll free)
530-226-4861 (fax)

*Admissions material for the Graduate Studies program should be submitted via the online application. Only official transcripts should be submitted by mail. Transcripts will be evaluated for course equivalency and transfer credit and we will notify you of the number of units that will apply to your graduate study here. All Graduate Studies applications for fall 2011 must be completed no later than August 5, 2011.

Financial Aid Information

Substantial award packages are available to incoming first-time freshman and transfer students. To be considered for institutional, state and federal aid, please list our school code, 001291, on your FAFSA.

We are committed to helping you attain your university degree. In addition to our A.B. Simpson Grant (ranging from $4,000 - $10,500), we have scholarships for academic merit, Christian service, and music talent. Simpson also works with California state and federal aid programs, ensuring that you receive an excellent financial aid package.

Academic Programs

Simpson University offers a range of majors, plus study abroad programs, specially designed with you and your future in mind. Learn more about academic life at Simpson including events, faculty and career opportunities.

Graduate Programs

Teacher Credentialing (multiple or single subject)

Simpson prepares teachers for single subjects for 7-12 grades and multiple subjects for K-8 instruction. We are looking to work with new teachers who have a heartbeat for kids and a passion for learning. The profession of teaching is a most noble one, which touches lives far into the future. At Simpson University we prepare multiple and single subject teachers to guide and inspire their students to high achievement and quality character.

Multiple subject student teachers may choose to do one-half of student teaching in placements away from the Redding area. We want candidates to student teach where they plan to get a job, so we place them across California, other states and missionary schools around the world. We are an authorized partner in the Department of Defense Schools where our student teachers are placed in Italy, Germany and other countries.

Master of Arts in Education

Simpson University's Master of Arts in Education program is committed to preparing you to become a teacher-leader who will inspire, empower and collectively make a difference in the lives of future generations. Our dynamic community is uniquely designed to build character and foster purpose, while our comprehensive curriculum provides the academic training that will develop your mastership as a skilled and compassionate educator. This MA Education can be completed alone or in combination with the teacher credentialing program or the preliminary administrative services credential. In the MA Education you can choose from one of three concentrations: Leadership, technology, or curriculum.

Master of Arts in Teaching

The Master of Arts in Teaching is designed for practicing educators who are pursuing National Board for the Professional Teaching Standards Certification. The course of study emphasizes development of advanced skills for teacher leaders in areas of coursework and practicum.

Preliminary Administrative Services Credential

The Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (PASC) prepares you for leadership roles in public and private schools. The PASC program focuses on building vision for education, developing skills in communication and public relations, building community collaborations, serving communities of diversity, creating curriculum and instruction that leads to high achievement, and management of schools and budgets. Field experience is thorough and practical. The Preliminary Administrative Services Credential program provides professional preparation for you as a successful teacher who is interested in school leadership. You can choose to complete the PASC credential by itself or to combine this course work with the Master or Arts in Education.

Master of Arts Counseling Psychology

Simpson University's Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program is designed to prepare you for licensure in the state of California as a Marriage and Family Therapist and to positively impact individuals, couples and families in your community. Our comprehensive curriculum will give you a broad academic and clinical experience that is uniquely grounded in the identity and values of a Christian university.

Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership

The M.A. in Ministry Leadership program is designed for pastors, ministry leaders, and lay leaders who want to refine and develop their skills.

Master of Divinity

The M.Div. degree is designed for pastors and ministry leaders seeking ordination. The M.Div. is open to any student who wants extensive training in pastoral ministry. Men and women who desire to work full-time in church ministry or in the chaplaincy are advised to earn a Master of Divinity (M.Div.).

For more information about transferring or applying to the Graduate Studies program at Simpson University please contact us at or by phone at 530-226-4633.

For more information about transferring or applying to A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary contact us at or by phone at 855-AWTOZER.


Simpson University currently has courses available. To review our fall schedule, please visit our Course Schedules page.

We have on-campus housing in our residence halls. Housing selections and roommate requests are made during registration.

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