About the Diploma Program
For application: A completed application and two references are required for application to the program, but there is no application fee. Although a bachelor's degree is not required, the program is intended for the serious student. All courses are taught at a graduate level.
For the program: The Life & Ministry Diploma requires the completion of six seminary courses. At least one course must be taken from each of Gordon-Conwell's three divisions (Ministry, Biblical Studies, and Christian Thought).
Many graduate courses are available through the Diploma program:
Each semester the Diploma program office compiles a list of suggested on-campus courses for Diploma students (Click here for the Spring 2012 schedule). These recommended courses do not typically have prerequisites and have been approved by the professors for Diploma student participation. We are also more than happy to seek professor approval for Gordon-Conwell classes that do not appear on the recommended list.
Gordon-Conwell's online courses are offered through the Semlink program. Diploma students are welcome to take any Semlink courses but should be aware of the prerequisites for each. Please feel free to contact the Semlink or Diploma offices with any questions about these courses. It is possible to complete the Life & Ministry Diploma entirely online.
Diploma tuition costs are $375.00 per course. If the course is being taken via Semlink, access to online course materials is included in the course price, and additional formats of the course content may be purchased from our online book store. Books for required reading are not included in the course price (Click here to view required textbooks by campus and semester).
A discounted rate of $125 per course is available for the spouses of current Gordon-Conwell graduate students.
Upon completion of the program, diploma students may wish to apply diploma courses toward a degree program at Gordon-Conwell. To receive degree credit for diploma courses, students must meet the standards for admissions to the desired degree program, formally apply to Gordon-Conwell through the admissions office, and be admitted to the program. In addition, students must pay a matriculation fee that reflects the true costs of the courses based upon their value for degree credit. The seminary reserves the right to change tuition pricing at any time.