COVID-19

Can I still move onto the Hamilton campus?

Yes, new students remain welcome to move onto campus!

We strongly recommend members of our community to get the vaccine and do ask that you review the Massachusetts Department of Health’s travel guidelines.

If you have any questions regarding your specific move-in and housing plans, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Housing Department ([email protected]).

In what format will classes be offered this Fall?

All available course formats (live, digital live and digital) remain available at this time, but we are closely monitoring public health guidance and preparing contingency plans for all scenarios.  In the meantime, we continue to expand our online course offerings to best serve all students!  You can view our Fall course schedule here.

When do we sign up for classes and are there academic advisors that guide us in the process?

All applicants who have reserved as a GCTS student are able to register through the CAMS student portal.  Registration for  Fall 2021 is available now.

Reserved students are eligible to sign up for an Academic Advising session by emailing [email protected].  The Registration team will be happy to assist you with selecting courses that best meet your degree requirements and professional goals.

With additional financial constraints, how can I make seminary as affordable as possible?

Gordon-Conwell is happy to offer a variety of opportunities for students to make their seminary education as affordable as possible.

Those who have completed previous coursework in Bible or Theology may be eligible for advanced standing or transfer credit.  At the beginning of the term, students may also elect to sit for competency exams in Old Testament, New Testament, Greek, and/or Hebrew to earn credit for these core requirements and save time and money during your degree program!  Those with five or more years of full-time professional ministry experience are also eligible for Mentored Ministry Advanced Standing.

Domestic students who have not yet received a scholarship are eligible for the Graham Scholarship (for full-time study, $850 off per course) or the Trustee Grant ($525 off per course, for part-time or full-time study).  Domestic students may also apply to the Partnership Program, which provides a full-tuition scholarship in partnership with students’ fundraising efforts.  The next available Partnership Program deadline is for the Fall 2021 semester.  Finally, New England residents are eligible for the Local Clergy discount (40% off) or Local Lay discount (30%) if serving in their churches.

International students who have not yet received a scholarship are eligible for the Global Church Scholarship ($525 off per course, for part-time or full-time study).

What particular guidance do you have for international students?

We greatly value our international students and are committed to supporting you during this time!  Please remain in communication with our International Student Advisor ([email protected]).

TOEFL tests are being canceled/postponed in light of Covid-19. How can international students demonstrate their English proficiency?

We are happy to now be accepting Duolingo English Test scores.  The Duolingo English Test is available online, on demand, at a cost of $49.  Applicants to Gordon-Conwell must present a score of 110 or higher to be considered for admission.  The Duolingo English Test can be taken online from a computer with a camera.  You should be in a quiet, well-lit room with your device for about 1 hour. Upon completion of the test, you will be asked which school you would like to send your results to. Please select “Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary”. Certified results are available within 2 days and can be shared instantly with us.  You can get started by visiting go.duolingo.com/applicants.

Applicants who have successfully completed a previous degree in the United States may direct their transcript to [email protected] to be considered for a TOEFL waiver interview in lieu of submitting TOEFL/Duolingo scores.

General Admissions Information

Where is Gordon-Conwell located?

Gordon-Conwell has four campuses along the east coast of the United States:

Can I visit the campus?

Absolutely! Campus visits are not required but are strongly encouraged. Use this page to select the campus you wish to visit.

Can I apply to the seminary before I complete my undergraduate degree?

If you are currently an undergraduate degree student in your final semester, you can apply before you graduate. Please send us an unofficial copy of your transcript(s). We will review your file pending receipt of your final transcript after graduation. No student may register unless a final transcript has been received.

What is your deferral policy?

An accepted student can defer admission to the following semester, but no longer than one year. Please notify us in writing if you plan to defer and send us a matriculation deposit of $100 to reserve your status.

What is the Boston Theological Interreligious Consortium (BTI Consortium)?

The seminary is a full member of the consortium of major theological schools in the Boston area, including Boston University, Harvard Divinity, and Boston College. The consortium opens up a wide range of specialty courses not available at Gordon-Conwell and grants cross-registration privileges and inter-library exchanges. BTI courses generally fulfill elective options at the seminary, but can also fulfill core degree requirements.  Click here for more information on the BTI.

What are the institutional policies concerning campus security?

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary’s Annual Security Report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on-campus or property owned or controlled by Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning sexual assault. You can obtain a paper copy of this report by contacting the Department of Public Safety, Campus Safety, or by accessing an electronic copy here.

Application Information

When Should I Begin My Application?

Applications are accepted no earlier than one year in advance of the date when you expect to begin classes – unless you plan to begin with distance education – and must be completed at least one month prior to the beginning of the term for which admission is sought. Please note that there are priority-processing deadlines for both financial aid and housing, and some of our scholarships are first-come, first-serve, so the sooner you get started on the application the better! To learn more, visit our Important Dates and Deadlines page.

What is required for a complete application?

Please see our Admissions Process page for details on how to apply. 

Please note the special requirements for Counseling and ThM applicants, transfer students, visiting students from another seminary, international applicants, special program applicants, auditors, and current students applying for a second degree, a change of degree, a status reactivation, or a campus transfer.

What is the difference between a Special Student, a Visiting Student, and an Auditor?

Special Students are qualified students not wishing to enter a specific degree program. Credit is earned and standard tuition costs apply. The number of applicable credit hours earned as a special student shall not exceed one-third of any given degree program. Special students may later apply for degree candidate status through the Admissions Office.

Visiting Students are current students in good standing at another seminary. Visiting students are welcome to take classes at Gordon-Conwell. Please consult the application instructions for the proper procedures.

Auditors are divided into two categories: Courtesy and Official. Courtesy audits are available to students, staff and faculty, as well as their respective spouses, and they are available to alumni and local pastors.  There is no charge for courtesy audits, and eligible persons may take one course per semester. All interested parties must register through the Registration Office prior to attending class. Courtesy audits are not recorded on a transcript. Official audits are available to regularly admitted students by paying the audit fee and receiving approval from the Registration Office. Individuals not enrolled in a degree program and wishing to enroll as official auditors must complete an application and supply supporting documentation as outlined in the application. Official audits will be recorded on a transcript.

If I took a class over two years ago, do I have to reapply?

You will need to reapply if you took classes over two years ago. If you took classes over two years ago, but less than five, the Registration Office may still have your file in our archives.  You would need to fill out an abbreviated application to reactivate your student status.  If you took classes more than 5 years ago, you will need to complete a full application. Please contact the Admissions Office to begin this process. If you took classes less than two years ago, you do not need to reapply.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Are scholarships available for full-time students?

Yes. You are eligible for scholarships as a full-time student. Explore our scholarship opportunities.

Have Questions?

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