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

April 15, 2015

Partnership Program Applications Due for Fall Semester

Pierce Fellowship Scholarship Application Due for Fall Semester

July 15, 2015 Application Deadline for Fall Semester (all degrees except MACC)
June 1, 2015 Summer term begins
August 22, 2015 Fall 2015 New Student Orientation
September 8, 2015 Fall Semester Begins
December 1, 2015 Application Deadline for Spring Semester
January 16, 2016 Spring 2016 New Student Orientation
January 19, 2016 Spring Semester Begins
March 1, 2016 Application Deadline for MACC (fall 2016 cohort)

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).
  1. Church endorsement form completed and signed by a church official (optional).
  2. Official transcripts sent directly from all colleges and institutions of higher education attended.  The seminary requires a bachelor's degree, with a minimum 2.5 .gpa (some degree programs may require a 3.0) from an institution accredited by a recognized accrediting agency.
    • 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.
  3. Application fee of $50 (U.S.). This may be paid online (with the online application), by phone or by mail.
  4. 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.

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 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 Partnership Program Scholarship and the Chrsitopher Brown Scholarship are open to new students. Many other scholarships may also be available, 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.

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.

Step 4: Plan Your Classes and Register!

Information regarding registration procedures will be sent to you by the Admissions Office in the months prior to New Student Orientation.


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.

Class schedules for upcoming semesters are available online. Students should review their degree requirements and speak with their advisor for assistance in selecting their first semester courses. In general, all new students should consider taking:

Required to complete in the First Year

  • CT500 / CO501
  • NT501
  • OT500
    • we do not recommend taking both OT and NT Survey at the same time
  • CO500 (for counseling students)

Other Recommended First Year Courses

  • TH501
  • TH502
  • MC/SF501
  • MC503
  • CH501
  • CH502
  • CO614
  • CO710


Students may begin their studies through online Semlink+ classes, and matriculate on campus at a later time. Registration for Semlink classes requires a Gordon-Conwell email address and access to the Sakai course management site. Once you have reserved and received this information, you may register for Semlink+ classes. For more information on the Semlink+ class format and registration, please visit the Semlink+ webpages.

Must Know

You will be responsible for adhering to the policies in the current Student Handbook and Academic Catalog as well as meeting all of the deadlines listed in the Academic Calendar. Please be sure to review this information carefully. These items are all available here.

Step 5: 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 2015:  January 10, 2015
  • Fall 2015:      August 22, 2015

*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.