Application Procedures - Charlotte

Are you ready to begin studies at Gordon-Conwell in Charlotte? The steps below provide all the information you will need for applying and to understand the matriculation process. Please also make sure to pay attention to the special instructions to the left - for those interested in transferring from another seminary, auditing classes, coming as a visiting student, international applicants and those applying to the MACC.

Need to learn more about the campus or degrees offered before applying? Our online catalog provides information regarding every aspect of Gordon-Conwell and the Charlotte campus.

When should I begin my application? When is the deadline?

Applications are accepted no earlier than one year in advance of the expected date of matriculation. Please note that the deadlines for financial aid and scholarship applications are different from the deadline for admissions applications, and may be earlier. You may reference the Financial Aid page for FAFSA and scholarship deadlines.


Important Dates and Deadlines

Fall 2016

MACC Application Deadline

Partnership Program application deadline

Application Deadline (All Degree Programs)

If interested in attending this fall, inquire with Admissions.

Online Orientation Completion Deadline

New Student Orientation (On Campus)

Course Registration Deadline

Courses Begin

Courses End

March 1, 2016

April 15, 2016

July 15, 2016


August 27, 2016

August 27, 2016

September, 2, 2016

September 6, 2016

December 17, 2016

Spring 2017

Partnership Program application deadline

Application Deadline

Online Orientation Completion Deadline

New Student Orientation (On Campus)

Course Registration Deadline

Courses Begin

Courses End

September 15, 2016

November 15, 2016

January 14, 2017

January 14, 2017

January 13, 2016

January 17, 2017

May 8, 2017

Summer 2017

Partnership Program application deadline

Application Deadline (no MACC admission)

Online Orientation Completion Deadline

Registration Deadline (Web-Enhanced and SemLink)

Web-Enhanced and SemLink Courses Begin

Course Registration Deadline (Residential)

Course Begin (Residential)

Courses End

New Student Orientation (On Campus)

January 10, 2017

April 15, 2017

May 10. 2017

May 12, 2017

May 17, 2017

May 26, 2017

June 2, 2017

August 21. 2017

August 26, 2017


Step 1: Apply

How do I apply?

You may apply online or download a PDF of our application.

Please note to the left Special Instructions for international students, MACC students, transfer students, visiting students from another seminary, special partnership (YoungLife, SIM, Salvation Army, IV, etc.) applicants, official auditors and current students.

Applications will be reviewed once the following items have been received:

  1. Completed application* including a) Personal statement addressing questions about vocational goal, church involvement, encouragement from others, reasons for applying to Gordon-Conwell and an assessment of strengths and weaknesses and b) a brief autobiography.
  2. 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.
  • One reference is needed from each category:
    1. Pastor or Church Official
    2. Friend or Associate
    3. Former Professor or Professional Colleague
  • References should be individuals whom you have known for at least one year, and who are not related to you.
  • Please have your references use the Recommendation Form (linked above). This is a writable .pdf which they can complete and sign electronically. Once completed, the reference should send this form directly to the Admissions Office by mail, email or fax (contact information found on the form).

NOTE: If your reference(s) is/are not able to complete the digital form, a .pdf copy is available for you to provide them.

  1. Church endorsement form completed and signed by a church official.

NOTE: If the church official is not able to complete the digital form, a .pdf copy is available for you to provide them.

  1. Official transcripts sent directly from all colleges and institutions of higher education attended.  Please note: The seminary requires a bachelor's degree from an institution accredited by a recognized accrediting agency.  All programs require a minimum 2.5 .gpa with the exception of the M.A. (Christian Counseling), which requires a minimum 3.0 .gpa.
    • Official transcripts must be sent directly to Gordon-Conwell, or hand-delivered in a sealed envelope. Copies and opened transcripts are not considered official.
    • Transcripts may be sent by any means your college(s) uses for transmitting official transcripts; official electronic transcripts are accepted.
    • Gordon-Conwell is a partner school of SCRIP-SAFE. If your college uses this service for transmitting electronic transcripts, search for and have the transcripts sent to "Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Charlotte Campus Graduate Admission".
    • We do need transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, even if the classes were transferred to another school and are reflected on their transcripts.
  2. Non-refundable application fee of $50 (U.S.). This may be paid online (with the online application), by phone or by mail.
  3. TOEFL score (international students only). Gordon-Conwell requires a TOEFL score of 90 or better (IBT). Prospective international students can find more information here.

Semlink and Non-Degree Seeking applicants should complete the full application.

*Please note that by signing and submitting the completed application, you are affirming to have read, agree with and adhere to Gordon-Conwell's Community Life Statement.

My application is complete, now what?

Your application will be reviewed, and a decision regarding your admission will be made (usually) within two weeks.

Step 2: I'm Accepted; Now What?


Reserve your admission by returning the Biographical Data Form and non-refundable $75 matriculation deposit, as well as any other items included in your acceptance packet (i.e. Informed Consent Agreement for MACC students). Your Gordon-Conwell email address and web systems login information cannot be created until these items are received.

Once we receive your Biographical Data Form and $75 matriculation deposit, the Admissions Office will send by email a letter which includes your student id number and advisor's contact information. At this time, your student email account and web systems login will also be generated and sent to you.

Double-Check Plans

Entering students should begin thinking ahead and planning for:

  • Finances: How will you pay for this degree? Try to have a primary, alternate and contingency plan for financing your degree. We recommend all students strongly consider the Partnership Program, as this provides excellent training in stewardship and the possibility to graduate debt free. Federal loans are available for those who must use this. Tuition rates and other expenses can be found on the Financial Aid pages.
  • Time: The Charlotte campus and our course formats are designed to make graduate studies more feasible, but it will still take a significant amount of time to complete your degree. Students should generally plan for 7-10 hrs. of course each week / course, outside of class meetings. Figure out where you will fit this time into your schedule.
  • Priorities: Where will seminary studies fit into your priorities? What will you allow to distract you from your studies, and what must come second to studies? LIfe does not stop while you are in school, it helps to decide up front where seminary falls in your priority list.
  • Prayer and Devotion: This part of your daily routine must not stop while you are in seminary. Your courses and studies will not replace this. Prayer and daily devotion are vital to the success of your seminary experience. If this is not already a part of your daily routine, begin it now. Don't expect that you will be able to develop this later simply because you are in seminary.

Step 3: I've Reserved; Now What?

Apply for a Scholarship

The primary scholarship for students of the Charlotte campus is the Partnership Program. This is a full-tuition scholarship opportunity. All new students are encouraged to consider participating in the Partnership Program.

There are a number of other scholarships also available to new Gordon-Conwell students. New Students are encouraged to review the Financial Aid page for further information. Under Scholarships and Grants, the Pierce Fellowship and the Christopher Brown Scholarship are also open to new students. Many other scholarships may be available as well, several possibilities are mentioned on the page for Funding From Other Sources.

Apply for Financial Aid

Visit the Financial Aid page for instructions on applying for federal loans.

Communicate with Your Advisor

All degree-seeking students are assigned an academic advisor. Your advisor is available for assistance in selecting courses and devising a degree completion plan. New Students are encouraged to contact their advisor as early as possible, and to schedule a meeting with their advisor before beginning classes.

Interact with Your Student Care Representative

Students also have the benefit of a Student Care Representative who serves as a resource and personal companion throughout your studies. These are not only staff members, they are current students who know what it takes to succeed at Gordon-Conwell. Your Student Care Representative will contact you after you reserve admission. Make sure to connect with them early and frequently.

Begin Online Orientation

Once you are reserved and have received your Gordon-Conwell student id, email address and login information, you will be registered in the online Orientation Site in Sakai - our online course management system. It is recommended that you begin working through the online Orientation as early as possible, and take your time to truly learn what is presented. This training has been designed not only as a comprehensive introduction to Gordon-Conwell - Charlotte, but also as a lead-in to one of your first courses - CT500 or CO501.

Register for Classes

Students register online in the CAMS student portal. Instruction and training on using CAMs is included as one of the lessons in the online Orientation. New students should review this training before attempting to register.

Step 4: New Student Orientation

Welcome to Gordon-Conwell! Your seminary experience can be a rewarding as well as challenging time. To insure that you get a good start at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary?Charlotte, new students are invited to attend New Student Orientation. Due to the important information that is presented, all certificate and degree-seeking students are required to attend this event. Special and Online/Hybrid students are not required to attend, but are encouraged to do so. Semlink+ students are required to attend New Student Orientation in the semester in which they are matriculating on campus.

New Student Orientation is completed in two parts - an online Orientation and the New Student Orientation event held on campus. Both parts are required. New Students are sent necessary information and reminders well in advance of New Student Orientation.

Online Orientation

Generally, this should be completed before the New Student Orientation event on campus. The online material not only provides valuable information for getting started at Gordon-Conwell, but also affords a great opportunity to become familiar with our class management platform, Sakai. The online material is also available throughout your first semester, in case you need to reference any of this later.

New Student Orientation Event - On Campus

New Student Orientation events are held at the beginning of the Spring and Fall semesters. Check-In begins at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, and the event ends by 4:00 pm. Upcoming Orientation dates are:

  • Spring 2016:                     January 16, 2016
  • Summer and Fall 2016:      August 27, 2016

*It is our goal to provide as much information as early as possible.  Because of our commitment to providing the best educational experience and new student preparation, New Student Orientation times and format are subject to change.  We will always strive to inform new students of any changes as early as possible.


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.