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Application Procedures - Boston

You may either apply online or by mail. If you choose to apply by mail, all forms are available on this page in PDF format. You will need to print the Recommendation Letter three times, as you will need three recommendations for admission. The application fee for any program is $50. You may also choose to download the Degree Requirements Checklist (in PDF format) of the degree for which you are applying in order to see what classes are required. The checklist may help you determine which degree you would like to take. If you have any further questions, please contact our offices.

Step 1: Apply

How do I apply?

You may apply online or download a PDF of our application. Applications will be submitted to the Admissions Committee once the following items have been received.

  1. Complete Admissions Application for the Boston Campus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary including: a) Autobiography and b) Personal Statement
  2. Official transcripts sent directly from all colleges an institutions of higher education attended.
  3. Three written recommendations attesting to applicant’s commitment to Christ, church involvement, leadership ability, social sensitivity, emotional maturity, reasoning and decision-making ability, level of responsibility, skills in communication and facility in interpersonal relationships.  Recommendations should be written and submitted by: (1) a pastor or church official, (2) a friend or associate and (3) former professor or professional colleague.  Recommendations should not be written by anyone related to you.
  4. Church Endorsement form completed and signed by a church official at the church you currently attend.
  5. Resume 
  6. Application fee of $50 (U.S.).
  7. Immunization Form
  8. TOEFL score (applicable to international students whose native language is not English)

Graduate Certificate Program

Interested applicants should submit all of the documents mentioned above, with moderation to the following:

  1. Two Recommendations: i) Church/Professional/Academic; ii) Personal
  2. Official transcript documenting the completion of at least a Bachelor's degree.

Master of Theology in Practical Theology (Th.M.) Applicants

In addition to the above documents, all Master of Theology in Practical Theology (Th.M.) applicants must submit the following to the Admissions Committee:

  1. A Master of Divinity degree with a 3.0 or higher GPA from an ATS accredited institution, or a Master of Arts as a “first graduate theological degree, proving equivalent theological background, or its equivalent”.
  2. A written case study prospectus for in-depth case study research based upon the applicant’s ministry context prior to admittance into the program.
  3. Currently serving in a leadership position at a church, mission agency, or para church organization.
  4. At least five years of experience in a church, mission agency, or para church organization.

My application is complete, now what?

Your application will be submitted to the Admissions Committee for review, and a decision regarding your admission will be made within two weeks.

Step 2: I'm Accepted; Now What?

Reserve Your Spot

Reserve your spot by sending in a Notification of Intent Form, which will be included in your acceptance packet. 

International Students Only

International Students will begin to correspond with the International Student Advisor and DSO at the Boston Campus, Naomi Wilshire upon acceptance. Please ensure that you are in touch with her to complete your Student Visa information. Email Naomi at nwilshire@gcts.edu.

Apply for Financial Aid

If you choose to apply for financial aid please follow the instructions on the website, fill out the following forms, and contact the Financial Aid office at finaidinfo@gordonconwell.edu.

Prepare for the Semester

  • Academic Calendar: The Boston Academic Calendar will contain important registration deadlines, payment due dates, holidays, and campus events. 
  • Course Schedule: Acquaint yourself with the upcoming course schedules to plan which classes you'd like to take.

Remember: In your first semester you are required to take Introduction to Theological Studies and in your first year you must take Old Testament Survey and New Testament Survey. 

Step 3: I've Reserved; Now What?

Once we receive your Notification of Intent Form we will contact you with next steps to begin the semester. Please check your email! Next steps include:

Set Up Your GCTS Email

You should receive an automated email containing your GCTS email and password. Please login as soon as possible to change your password to something you will remember. Watch this video tutorial for instructions.


Once you have changed your password you can login to SAKAI and CAMS to familiarize yourself with these platforms, which will be used throughout your time at seminary. We will go over the functions of each in more detail at New Student Orientation

Mark Your Calendar

New Students are required to participate in New Student Orientation and Orientation, Convocation, Formation Day to begin the semester. Email Patricia Kiefer with questions at pkiefer@gordonconwell.edu.

Step 4: Plan Your Classes and Register!

Once you have sent in your Notification of Intent you can begin registering for classes.

You should plan to take Introduction to Theological Studies in your first semester and Old Testament Survey and New Testament Survey in your first year. If you plan to take a third class or have questions about scheduling please contact Patricia Kiefer at pkiefer@gordonconwell.edu

Plan your Class Schedule

  • Course Schedule: Check the times, dates, and frequency of each class we will offer this semester and for upcoming semesters. 
  • Course Descriptions: You may want to read about classes we have previously offered and are currently offering to get an idea of what you would like to take.

Register For Class

  • Online: The easiest way to register for your classes is through your CAMS Student Portal. We will go over instructions in New Student Orientation, but if you'd like to register beforehand feel free to contact Patricia Kiefer at pkiefer@gordonconwell.edu with questions. 
  • Paper Form: If you are unable to register online you are welcome to submit a paper registration form, found on the Registration website under "Course Registration." Please fill this out fully and email it to pkiefer@gordonconwell.edu.

Prepare for Class

  • Course SyllabiOnce the syllabus is available an abriged version will be posted online. The full syllabus will be posted in SAKAI/CAMS and handed out to you on your first day of class.
  • Buy Your Books: Many students chose to purchase used books through amazon.com or borrow them from a local library or our own Boston Campus library. 
    • Click here to access the Boston Campus Bruce Jackson Memorial Library


Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, national or ethnic origin, age, handicap or veteran status. A complete statement of compliance with federal laws and regulations can be found in the Gordon-Conwell Student Handbook.


Degree Requirements (Checklists for students admitted by Fall 2015 )

Degree Requirements (Checklists for students admitted before Fall 2015)

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