Standard Application Process

In general, you will be asked to complete the following:

  1. Application Form
  2. Two Uploaded Essays
    • A 1-2 page personal statement addressing questions about your vocational goals, church involvement, encouragement from others, reasons for applying to Gordon-Conwell, and an assessment of your own strengths and weaknesses
    • A 1-2 page autobiographical statement
  3. Three Recommendations
    • Pastor or Church Official with Church Endorsement;
      (Your pastoral reference will have an opportunity to provide a church endorsement when completing their pastoral recommendation)
    • Friend or Associate;
    • Former Professor or Professional Colleague (references should be individuals whom you have known for at least one year, and who are not related to you.)
  4. Official Transcripts
    • The seminary requires a bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by a recognized accrediting agency.
    • Official transcripts must be sent directly to Gordon-Conwell, or hand-delivered in a sealed envelope. Copies and opened transcripts are not considered official.
    • Transcripts may be sent by any means your college(s) uses for transmitting official transcripts; official electronic transcripts are accepted.
    • Gordon-Conwell is a partner school of SCRIP-SAFE. If your college uses this service for transmitting electronic transcripts, search for and have the transcripts sent to “Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.”
    • We do need transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, even if the classes were transferred to another school and are reflected on their transcripts.

Special Instructions

International Students

The international student community at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary is diverse, thriving, and valued by the entire Gordon-Conwell community. Our current international students on all our campuses represent 50 countries, including Australia, the UK, South Korea, Brazil, Nigeria, Madagascar, Haiti, the Philippines, Ethiopia, and many more. The current international students at the main campus represent 40 countries.


Gordon College Partnership

Gordon College undergraduate juniors and seniors may take up to two courses at Gordon-Conwell for graduate credit while enrolled at Gordon College. Gordon College graduate students may also take up to two courses at Gordon-Conwell for credit. There will be no cost to the student for these courses. To take these courses, you must first complete an abbreviated application process:


IVCF & CCO Program Participants

Through a cooperative program with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) and Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO), staff with IVCF and CCO may take a limited number of courses for M.Div. or MAR credit at the seminary through IVCF’s National Institute for Staff Education and Training or through CCO’s Summer Institute.

(Note: If you will be a participant in the New England InterVarsity Staff Diploma, please contact us directly for further instructions.)

In order to receive credit for these courses, you must submit a Gordon-Conwell application prior to the start of the course. The full application is required. However, in place of the three recommendation letters, you only need to send a letter from your supervisor confirming your eligibility as a staff member. On the online application, please make sure to follow the instructions on the Special Instructions PDF on the left-hand side.

In summary, InterVarsity and CCO partcipants should complete the following:

  • Application form (preferably online), including application essays
  • Transcripts are required.
  • A letter from your ministry organization which confirms you as a staff member.
  • The Church Endorsement form is required.


Reactivate Status

Student files become inactive after two years of not taking a class. Inactive students should submit a new application online to reactivate their student status.


Visiting Students

If you are currently a student in good standing at another accredited seminary, you are welcome to take classes at Gordon-Conwell.

There is an abbreviated application process for Visiting Students. We require that you submit a letter from your Academic Dean or Registrar indicating that you are currently a student in good standing at your seminary and that coursework from Gordon-Conwell will be applied to your degree requirements there. You do not need to send recommendations, personal statements or transcripts.

In summary, a visiting student should complete the following:

  • Application form, including application essays
  • Transcripts are not required.
  • Please submit a letter from your Academic Dean or Registrar indicating that you are currently a student in good standing at your seminary and that coursework from Gordon-Conwell will be applied to your studies there.


Transfer Students

A student applying for transfer from another seminary or graduate school is requested to submit a full application (which includes: three letters of recommendations, one church endorsement, official transcripts, an autobiography statement, and a personal statement), including a “Statement of Explanation and Purpose” for the proposed transfer. You can include this explanation in your Personal Statement. Transfer credit will only be evaluated for applicants who have submitted a full application. Apply online today!

Transfer credit is normally granted for coursework taken at other Association of Theological Schools (ATS)-accredited, graduate-level seminaries. Up to 50 percent of a student’s program can be met by transfer credit. Only a limited amount of elective credit can be given for coursework taken at seminaries which are not accredited by ATS.

Students transferring from recognized seminaries or graduate schools are given an evaluation of transfer credit upon request. As a general rule, such transfer credit will be approved only if comparable courses are included in Gordon-Conwell’s curriculum. Maximum transfer credit is forty-five credit hours (or fifteen courses) for the MDiv program, thirty credit hours (or ten courses) for the Master of Arts programs. Transfer credit is not granted for work completed more than ten years prior to matriculation at Gordon-Conwell.

Any person desiring a transcript evaluation for transfer credit prior to matriculation should request such in writing to the registrar, accompanied by a transcript, a list of proposed courses projected for transfer, and a copy of the course descriptions from the academic catalog where the courses were taken.

Transfer Credit Evaluation Form

Degree Transfer / Change Status

Any matriculated student who wishes to change status from one degree program to another program must be in good standing and submit a Change of Current Degree Application to the Admissions Office.

Degree Transfer students should submit a Change of Status Application including:

  • A short statement (1 page) about why you want to change your status
  • One recommendation from a GCTS faculty member

No action will be taken until an application is complete and a written notification regarding a decision will be sent to the applicant.


Campus Transfer

Current Gordon-Conwell students who desire to transfer to a different campus should complete the following abbreviated application:

Campus Transfer Application

Have Questions?

Someone from our friendly admissions team would be happy to reach out to you.

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, national or ethnic origin, age, handicap or veteran status. A complete statement of compliance with federal laws and regulations can be found in the Gordon-Conwell Student Handbook.