Special Instructions

International Student

The international student community at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary is diverse, thriving, and valued by the entire Gordon-Conwell community. Our current international students on all our campuses represent 36 countries, including Australia, the UK, South Korea, Brazil, China, Nigeria, Macedonia, Haiti, the Philippines, Ethiopia, and many more.

Click here for International Student application instructions.

Transfer Student

A student applying for transfer from another seminary or graduate school is requested to submit a full application (which includes: three letters of recommendations, one church endorsement, official transcripts, an autobiography statement, a personal statement, and an application fee), including a "Statement of Explanation and Purpose" for the proposed transfer. You can include this explanation in your Personal Statement. In addition, the student must include a letter from the current seminary/graduate school indicating that he/she is a "student in good standing." This letter should come from the Registrar or Academic Dean. Transfer credit will only be evaluated for applicants who have submitted a full application. Apply online today!

In summary, a transfer student should complete the following:

  • Full Application 
  • Statement of Explanation and Purpose 
  • Letter of Good Standing
Transfer credit is normally granted for coursework taken at other Association of Theological Schools (ATS)-accredited, graduate-level seminaries. Up to 50 percent of a student's program can be met by transfer credit. Only a limited amount of elective credit can be given for coursework taken at seminaries which are not accredited by ATS.
Students transferring from recognized seminaries or graduate schools are given an evaluation of transfer credit upon request. As a general rule, such transfer credit will be approved only if comparable courses are included in Gordon-Conwell's curriculum. Maximum transfer credit is forty-five credit hours (or fifteen courses) for the M.Div. program, thirty credit hours (or ten courses) for the Master of Arts programs. Transfer credit is not granted for work completed more than ten years prior to matriculation at Gordon-Conwell.
Any person desiring a transcript evaluation for transfer credit prior to matriculation should request such in writing to the Admissions Office, accompanied by a transcript and syllabi for all courses.  The Admissions Office will provide this information to the Registrar so that an evaluation can be completed.  Without syllabi, transfer evaluations may take longer to complete.  Please allow at least three weeks for a transfer evaluation to be completed.

Visiting Student

If you are currently a student in good standing at another accredited seminary, you are welcome to take classes at Gordon-Conwell.

There is an abbreviated application process for Visiting Students. On the application, make sure you select “Visiting Student” as your degree. Mark “Semlink” if you are planning to take classes through our distance education program. Follow the directions for visiting students on the Special Instructions PDF on the left-hand side of the application portal. We require that you submit a letter from your Academic Dean or Registrar indicating that you are currently a student in good standing at your seminary and that coursework from Gordon-Conwell will be applied to your degree requirements there.  This statement will be required at the beginning of each semester you intend to register for classes at Gordon-Conwell as a visiting student. You do not need to send recommendations, personal statements or transcripts.  

In summary, a visiting student should complete the following:

  • Application
  • A letter of purpose stating the class(es) you wish to take
  • Transcripts, recommendations, autobiography and personal statement are not required.
  • Please include a letter from your Academic Dean or Registrar indicating that you are currently a student in good standing at your seminary and that coursework from Gordon-Conwell will be applied to your studies there.

Begin your application online today!

Distance Student

Semlink is a web-based distance education program offered by Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Semlink allows you to study at your own pace, when and where it is most convenient for you. Students are given five or six months to complete a Semlink course.

Although Semlink courses may be started at any time, they are only registered under three semesters: fall, spring and summer. Students can complete up to one-third of a degree program through Semlink. In order to begin courses, you must first be accepted to the program. Please see the Application Procedure for more details.

Semlink course materials are all available through Semlink Online - the companion website that provides resources for formation and allows significant interaction among students and between students and instructors. The course materials contain audio lectures and a study guide with lecture outlines, study questions and a bibliography for further reading. These resources are also available in cd/dvd-rom format at an additional cost. To learn more about the Semlink program, tuition fees and course offerings, please visit the Semlink page.

Current Student

Current Gordon-Conwell students who wish to add a second degree program or change their current program should complete the appropriate form. Current Gordon-Conwell students wishing to transfer to Charlotte from another campus must complete the campus transfer form. Information and necessary forms are available on the Registration page available here.

Should you wish to add or change to a Master of Arts in Christian Counseling (MACC) degree, a full application is required. For further information on the MACC program, application procedures and deadlines, please see the MACC Student page. Completed applications should be submitted to the Admissions Office.

Former Gordon-Conwell students and graduates wishing to resume degree studies or take additional classes for credit should contact the Admissions Office. In most cases, returning students will be required to complete a new application. Alumni looking to take additional classes for credit or official audit may be able to complete an abbreviated application.

Special Partnership Students (IV, YL, SIM, Salvation Army)

In an effort to support various ministry orgarnizations, Gordon-Conwell has established relationships which include abbreviated applciation procedures.  Gordon-Conwell is glad to partner with these organizations and provide opportunity for individuals within these groups to compliment, enhance and further their ministry.  Staff, missionaries and ministers of these organizations are invited to apply to Gordon-Conwell through an abbreviated process.

Full-time staff members and missionaries must submit an application, with autobiography. You only need to answer question #1 of the Personal Statement – vocational goal and how you expect this degree to help in your ministry. Transcripts are also required. Instead of the three recommendations, you will only need to provide a letter from your supervisor confirming your eligibility as a staff member. On the online application, please make sure to follow the instructions on the Special Instructions PDF on the left-hand side.

In summary, staff from special partnership organizations should complete the following:

  • Application
  • Autobiography
  • Personal Statement, Question #1
  • Transcripts are required.
  • A letter from your ministry organization which confirms you as a staff member.

Begin your application online today!


All auditors are restricted to non-participating member status in classes. In other words, auditors may not participate in class discussion (except as authorized by the instructor according to the terms included in the course syllabus), nor submit written work, nor sit for exams for the purpose of receiving an evaluation. Limited courses are not available to auditors except by written permission from the professor and the Registration Office. Some courses may not be audited.

Current students may officially audit courses by paying the current audit fee and student services fee, and by receiving approval from the Registration Office. Individuals not enrolled in a degree program and wishing to enroll as official auditors must complete a formal application with the Admissions Office.

For auditor applications, transcripts are not required, and only one pastoral recommendation is needed. In a separate document, please indicate which courses you desire to audit, why, and how you will benefit from them. 

Official audits will be recorded on transcripts. Students must attend at least 75% of the class meetings in order to receive a grade of `AU' on their transcripts indicating that they satisfactorily audited the course. Auditors will be responsible for verifying their attendance by submitting a written statement to the professor stating that they did attend at least 75% of the class meetings. 

In summary, an auditor should complete the following:

  • Full Application
  • Transcripts are not required.
  • One pastoral recommendation is required.
  • In a separate document, please indicate which courses you desire to audit, why, and how you will benefit from them.

Begin your application online today!