Tuition and Financing
Tuition for students starting their doctoral studies in a track beginning between July 2016 and June 2017, is $19,380*.
Tuition is billed quarterly, at the rate of $1,615* per quarter for 12 quarters.
- The annual cost of the program is $6,460 a year for 3 years.
- This makes the monthly cost of the program approximately $538.
- With 46 credit hours, tuition breaks down to approximately $421 per credit hour.
An important note about Doctor of Ministry tuition: once matriculated into a cohort (applied, accepted, and paid the matriculation fee), tuition is locked while someone remains an active participant of that cohort. Tuition does not increase for students active in the track to which they matriculated.
Your ministry, whether a church or parachurch ministry, will benefit significantly from your studies - you may then consider seeking funding from that institution. If you wish, Gordon-Conwell will write to your board to propose this. Please e-mail us to request this letter.
- You may want to ask your church, or parachurch organization, to underwrite all of your tuition costs. If your people understand that this is an investment in their own future, they may be willing to take on this expense.
You may also want to present a plan of shared participation in the costs of a D.Min. education. Your people may be willing to help you study by agreeing to a division of the costs, in which both you and they contribute a percentage of the costs of the program.
- You and your organization agree on the amounts each of you will contribute to the cost.
- Because Doctor of Ministry students are considered 1/3 time students, you cannot apply for typical student loans. However, you can apply for a Continuing Education Student Loan (not a government-guaranteed loan) for the program. Private banks or organizations may be able to assist you with continuing education loans. You may want to check out The Fund for Theological Education or Student Lending Analytics. Another web site that may provide helpful information is Student Aid on the Web. You may find information on the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.
- If you qualify for the loan, your ministry organization sets up an interest-bearing escrow fund into which you and your church contribute on a regular basis. (You may want to have your part automatically transferred from your salary each month.)
- Upon the timely completion of your work, when the loan falls due, you can pay off the loan completely with the escrow fund. Accumulated interest can revert back to the church or be used to cover graduation fees, thesis-project binding, etc.
A limited number of scholarships of up to one-fourth of tuition (funds permitting) are awarded by Gordon-Conwell to outstanding enrolled students based on need, ministry experience, and future ministry goals. Only 1 scholarship is available per 12 students in a given cohort. Please look at these directions and application for this limited scholarship.
Team Ministry Grant
The Team Ministry Grant is a need-based scholarship available to qualified married couples pursuing the same level of seminary studies together. This grant can cover 50% of one spouse's tuition cost during the time that both spouses are concurrently enrolled at the same level of studies. Please look at these documents regarding the application and further information for this grant.
Outside Sources of Funding
American Baptist Church International Student Scholarship
If you are a member of the ABC and from an ethnic group whose first language is other than English and you are in or preparing for ministry in the United States with that ethnic group, you may want to check out the International Baptist Seminary Scholarship Fund.
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
If you are on staff with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), they annually provide a full tuition scholarship for one qualifying staff member to pursue their Doctor of Ministry degree through Gordon-Conwell. Please look at these documents regarding the application and further information.
If you are full-time staff with Pioneers, and meet their qualifying criteria, you may receive up to a 50% tuition discount for Doctor of Ministry studies through Gordon-Conwell. Interested students must contact their supervisor and/or HR office at Pioneers in order to confirm eligibility and request a Pioneers discount form.
If you have no church or para-church organization backing you and you need an outside source of funding, private banks or organizations may be able to assist you with continuing education loans. You may want to check out The Fund for Theological Education or Student Lending Analytics. Another web site that may provide helpful information is Student Aid on the Web. You may find information on the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.
More information on outside sources of funding can be found here: Funding-from-Other-Sources.cfm.
*Tuition for qualified Military Chaplains, Arrow Leadership graduates, and Th.M. in Preaching graduates approved to Advanced Standing is less, being billed for eight quarters over two years.
** effective 7/1/16, subject to change annually.
Want to know more about the Doctor of Ministry application process? Call our Admissions Coordinator at (978) 646-4163 or click here to submit an on-line request.