The Semlink Program is a unique opportunity for graduate-level theological education at a distance. Below are answers to some frequently asked questions.
- What is Semlink?
- Do I need to apply to Gordon-Conwell in order to take Semlink courses?
- How long will I have to complete my Semlink course and when will it start?
- How many credit hours is a Semlink course?
- Can I complete an entire Gordon-Conwell degree via Semlink?
- How much does it cost to take a Semlink course?
- When can I register for a Semlink?
- What community learning experiences will Semlink provide?
Semlink is the distance learning program offered by Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. "Semlink+" is the current format of the Semlink program. Course materials consist of audio and/or video lectures along with study guides and handouts as provided by the professor, along with forums for rich interaction with your professor and fellow students.
"At a distance" does not mean "at a disadvantage." You can begin your degree program now, despite constraints that prevent you from becoming a full-time, on-campus student. Gordon-Conwell is committed to offering courses that are accessible from a distance without diminishing the high academic and spiritual quality available on campus.
Flexibility and Convenience. Semlink+ enables students to complete up to one third of their degrees at a distance while continuing to meet other responsibilities. This unique program allows students a head start on seminary training before enrolling on campus and the ability to continue theological education even while overseas. Some students also realize a significant financial benefit by maintaining their current income without incurring the costs associated with moving to campus.
The Semlink program is fully accredited. Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary operates under a charter of the Higher Education Coordinating Council of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Seminary is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. This accreditation includes courses formerly offered as part of the Semlink program and the current Semlink+ courses.
If you intend to take a course for credit, you must first apply to the seminary. A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution is required. You can find more information about applying to the various Gordon-Conwell campuses by clicking here. Semlink participants may apply to a graduate degree program, as Visiting Students from another seminary or as Special Students (those not intending to complete a degree).
If you intend to take a course for your own personal enrichment (non-credit), admittance to the Seminary is not necessary. Personal enrichment courses may not later be converted to credit-bearing courses.
Semlink+ courses last for 14 weeks and are roughly concurrent with the on-campus semesters:
- Spring Semlink+ classes begin the week after Martin Luther King, Jr. day.
- Summer Semlink+ classes begin in mid-May
- Fall Semlink+ classes begin the week after Labor Day.
Click here to view a sample Course Schedule.
With the exception of Mentored Ministry units, each Semlink+ course carries 3 semester-hour credits, the equivalent of 4.5 quarter hours.
No. You may take up to 32 semester hours (10 courses plus 2 units of Mentored Ministry) toward a Master of Divinity degree or 18 semester hours (6 courses) toward a Master of Arts degrees, keeping in mind that the courses chosen must meet the requirements of your degree program.
Tuition costs are determined by which Gordon-Conwell campus you are a part of. These rates can be found in the Future Student section of this website, listed as "Tuition and Fees" under each campus.
You may register for a Semlink+ class up until the day it begins, but keep in mind that courses are limited in size and some may fill up. Register early if you are able to do so. Please consult your campus's academic calendar or contact the Semlink office for the specific dates when each semester's registration will open.
Students interact with professors and fellow students via interactive assignments throughout the class. Semlink students also have access to audio recordings of all on-campus chapel messages.