Doctor of Ministry International Student Admissions
When applying for the DMin program 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
If this visa fits your needs, then:
- Students must apply for a new I-20 and F-1 visa for each residency. We do not issue an I-20 for the duration of the program because it is not a full-time program.
- Students are expected to return to their home countries between residencies.
- 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.
- No TOEFL testing is required of our applicants.
- International students are expected to participate fully in the language of the track to which they have been accepted.
- Language competency is partially determined through the writing portion of the application. Most tracks are offered in English with Liderazgo Pastoral taught in Spanish and a Korean Pastoral Skills taught in Korean.
- 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.
- 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.