Semlink+ is a unique opportunity for graduate-level theological education. 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+ courses are online classes offered by Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Course materials consist of audio and/or video lectures provided by the professor, along with rich interactive experiences with your professor and fellow students.
Flexibility and Convenience. Gordon-Conwell is committed to offering courses that are accessible from a distance without diminishing the high academic and spiritual quality available on campus. Semlink+ courses enables you to complete up to one third of your degree(s) online while continuing to meet other responsibilities. This unique program provides you a head start on seminary training before enrolling on campus, and you can 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.
Semlink+ courses are 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 all 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 non-degree program as Visiting Students from another seminary or as Special Students who do not intend to complete a degree.
If you intend to take a course for your own personal enrichment (non-credit). While we do not offer Semlink+ courses for personal enrichment, you may contact the Harold John Ockenga Institute to purchase materials from the Semlink Classic program. Visit gordonconwellstore.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Semlink+ courses last for 14 weeks and are roughly concurrent with the on-campus semesters:
- Fall Semlink+ classes begin the week after Labor Day.
- Spring Semlink+ classes begin the week after Martin Luther King, Jr. day.
- Summer Semlink+ classes begin in mid-May.
View a sample Course Schedule.
Each Semlink+ course carries 3 semester-hour credits, the equivalent of 4.5 quarter hours.
No. You may take up to 30 semester hours (10 courses) 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 the Gordon-Conwell campus where you are registered. 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 add/drop deadline for the semester, but keep in mind Semlink+ courses have limited enrollment capacity. Register early if you are able to do so. Please consult your campus's academic calendar, or contact Educational Support Services for the specific dates when each semester's registration will open.
Students interact with instructors and fellow students via interactive assignments throughout the class.