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Doctor of Ministry and Hispanic Ministries International Student Admissions

When applying for the DMin program or the HMP as an international applicant, consider what type of visa you should obtain. There are only two types of visas that allow for study in a degree-seeking program.

Types of Visas

F-1 visa:

If this visa fits your needs, then:

  • Students must apply for a new I-20 and F-1 visa for each residency or class.
    • We do not issue an I-20 for the duration of either program because neither program is a full-time program, a requirement set by the US government.
    • The only exception to this is if you are planning on taking a class in the US within five (5) months of another class, then you can discuss options with Bridget Erickson, DSO for DMIN & HMP.
  • Students are expected to return to their home countries between residencies or classes.
  • During residencies, students are allowed to be in the US no sooner than 30 days before and no later than 60 days after their residencies.

R-1 or Green Card:

If you have already obtained or begun the process of obtaining either an R-1 visa through your employment situation or a Green Card:

  • Students must provide documentation showing an R-1 visa or a Green Card that has either already been obtained or is being processed.

Potential for Contribution to the Church

Applicants are selected based on the potential of contribution to the Christian church. International students must commit themselves to remaining in their countries to give leadership upon completion of their studies at Gordon-Conwell.

English Competency

  • No TOEFL testing is required of our applicants.
  • International students are expected to participate fully in the language of the program to which they have been accepted.
  • Language competency is partially determined through the writing portion of the application. Most DMin tracks are offered in English with Liderazgo Pastoral taught in Spanish, Korean Pastoral Theology taught in Korean, and two tracks taught in Mandarin: Gospel in Chinese Culture and Mission & Ministry Leadership in the Chinese Church. HMP offers Spanish-speaking courses throughout the year at various locations.

College Education

DMin General Requirements:

  • You must have a Master of Divinity degree or its academic equivalent (See our  FAQs). This degree must be from an ATS-accredited school or a theological degree from an internationally recognized accrediting association.
  • You should have at least three years of active ministry experience since earning your degree.
  • You must be currently involved in ministry.

HMP General Requirements:

  • You should have a baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher education accredited by an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, or approved by a Canadian provincial quality assurance agency, or the demonstrated educational equivalent of an accredited or approved North American baccalaureate degree
  • You should provide evidence of the commitment and qualities desired for ministerial leadership

Ministry Context

DMin Requirements:

  • Three years of post-theological master's degree ministry.
  • For applicants seeking equivalency: include a listing of ministry experience (years and responsibilities) with application.
  • A ministry context to apply what they are learning in the program.
  • International students in D.Min. program must work in their home ministry context between residencies.
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