The Admissions Team

Rachel, Doreen, Megan, Elijah & Peter

In the Admissions office, we have four goals that guide us as we answer your questions and help you through the application process: we advertise, advise, advocate, and advance. (We like A’s around here!)

We advertise the Charlotte campus of Gordon-Conwell. We are thrilled to introduce the seminary and graduate theological education to you as you gather information and discern our Lord’s call on your lives.

We advise you about our degree programs, financing your education, investing time and energy in your studies, maintaining balance in your lives, and, of course, the admissions and matriculation process.

We advocate for you by helping you navigate the multiple stages and departments you’ll encounter in the matriculation process. We provide a clear transition between Admissions and Registration and other departments, so that you know who to contact and when.

We advance the seminary’s vision "by equipping Church leaders to think theologically, engage globally and live biblically." Each of us in the Admissions office brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, skills, and gifts to the Admissions team, which we look forward to sharing with you. 

Want to know more? Check out the different ways to visit our campus, start an application (check important information below!), submit an Information Request, or send us an email at charlotteadmissions@gordonconwell.edu. We look forward to hearing from you!

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.

 

Important Dates and Deadlines

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.

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 30, 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

Fall 2017

MACC Application Deadline

Partnership Program application deadline

Application Deadline (All Degree Programs)

Online Orientation Completion Deadline

New Student Orientation (On Campus)

Course Registration Deadline

Courses Begin

Courses End

March 1, 2017

April 15, 2017

July 15, 2017

August 26, 2017

August 26, 2017

August 25, 2017

September 5, 2017

December 18, 2018

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 complete the Recommendation Request form linked above. This will send an email to your references with a link for each person to complete their recommendation.
  • 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.
  • The church endorsement form does NOT replace the pastoral recommendation letter listed above.
  • The church endorsement form is optional, and is not required to complete your application.
  • 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

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 contact information for your Student Care Representative and faculty advisor. 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. 

  • Check out Scholarships and Grants, to learn more about the Pierce Fellowship and the Christopher Brown Scholarship, which are also open to new students.
  • Many other scholarships may be available as well, and are listed at Funding From Other Sources.

Apply for Financial Aid

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

Communicate with Your Advisor & Student Care Representative

All degree-seeking students are assigned both a faculty advisor and a Student Care Representative, who serves as a resource and personal companion throughout your studies. New Students are encouraged to contact their advisor as early as possible. Your Student Care Representative will initiate communication with you as soon as your student ID and account have been created. Your Student Care Representatives are not only staff members, they are current students who know what it takes to succeed at Gordon-Conwell. 

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

Your seminary experience can be a rewarding as well as challenging time. To ensure that you have a good start at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Charlotte, new students are invited to complete New Student Orientation. 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. 

Online Orientation

This should be completed by the first day of your initial semester. The online material not only provides valuable information for getting started at Gordon-Conwell, but also affords a great opportunity to become familiar with Sakai, our class management platform. The online material is also available throughout your first semester, in case you need to reference it later.

New Student Orientation Event - On Campus

New Student Orientation events are held at the beginning of the Spring and Fall semesters. You will receive emails from the Admissions office with specific information about registering for the event, and the day's schedule (which generally runs between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.). Students within two hours' driving distance of the Charlotte campus are required to attend; students living beyond that radius are encouraged to attend if 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.