Application Process — Boston Campus


Summer Applicants: Admissions Fee is Waived!

Gordon-Conwell is using a new, simplified online application. As our thanks for helping us with this new application, we have waived the $50 application fee. That means, there is no cost to apply online.

Now Accepting Summer and Fall ’21 Applications

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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.


Step 1: How do I Apply

Apply online or email our office at [email protected] to request a hard copy application (a $100 processing fee will apply for all hard-copy applications). Applications will be submitted to the Admissions Committee once the following items have been received.

  1. A complete online application
  2. Two (2) application essays: a) A 1-2 page personal statement addressing questions about vocational goal, church involvement, encouragement from others, reasons for applying to Gordon-Conwell and an assessment of strengths and weaknesses and b) a 1-2 page autobiographical statement.
  3. Official transcripts sent directly from all colleges and institutions of higher education attended (post-high school). The seminary typically requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution by a recognized accrediting agency.
  4. Three (3) online recommendations attesting to applicant’s commitment to Christ, church involvement, leadership ability, social sensitivity, emotional maturity, reasoning and decision-making ability, level of responsibility, skills in communication and facility in interpersonal relationships. Recommendations should be submitted by: (1) a pastor, (2) a friend and (3) a professor or professional colleague. Your recommendations should not be written by anyone related to you.
  5. Church endorsement form completed and signed by a church official at the church you currently attend.
  6. A TOEFL score of 90 or higher (international students only).

My application is complete, now what?

Your application will be submitted to the Admissions Committee for review, and a decision regarding your admission will be made within two weeks.

Step 2: I'm Accepted; Now What?

Reserve Your Spot

Reserve your spot by sending in a Notification of Intent, which will be included in your acceptance packet.

International Students Only

International Students will begin to correspond with the International Student Advisor and DSO at the Boston Campus, Marie East, upon acceptance. Please ensure that you are in touch with her to complete your Student Visa information. Email Marie at [email protected].

Apply for Financial Aid

If you choose to apply for financial aid please follow the instructions on the website, fill out the following forms, and contact the Financial Aid office at [email protected].

Prepare for the Semester

  • Academic Calendar: The Boston Academic Calendar will contain important registration deadlines, payment due dates, holidays, and campus events.
  • Course Schedule: Acquaint yourself with the upcoming course schedules to plan which classes you’d like to take.
  • Payment Deadlines: Mark your calendars for when tuition payments are due.

Step 3: Reserve

Reserve your spot on campus by sending in your notification of intent form along with your $100 matriculation (reservation) fee.  Please note that students admitted to the fall semester may begin studies in the summer, if desired. Students admitted for the spring may begin in the January term, if desired. Forms and instructions will be included in your acceptance packet. (If you are paying from a U.S. bank account, use this link to pay your $100 matriculation fee: gordonconwell.afford.com. If you are paying from an international bank account, use this link to pay your $100 matriculation fee: gcts.flywire.com.

Step 4: I've Reserved; Now What?

Once we receive your Notification of Intent Form, we will contact you with next steps to begin the semester. Please check your email! Next steps include:

Set Up Your GCTS Email

You should receive an automated email containing your GCTS email and password. Please login as soon as possible to change your password to something you will remember. Watch this video tutorial for instructions.

Log into CAMS & Canvas

Once you have changed your password, you can log into CAMS and Canvas to familiarize yourself with these platforms, which will be used throughout your time at seminary. We will go over the functions of each in more detail at New Student Orientation.

Mark Your Calendar

New Students are required to participate in New Student Orientation and Orientation, Convocation, Formation Day to begin the semester. Email Marie East with questions at [email protected].

Step 5: Plan Your Classes & Register!

Once you have sent in your Notification of Intent, you can begin registering for classes.

Plan your Class Schedule

  • Course Schedule: Check the times, dates, and frequency of each class we offer this semester and for upcoming semesters.

Register For Class Plan your Class Schedule

  • Online: The easiest way to register for your classes is through your CAMS Student Portal. We will go over instructions in New Student Orientation, but if you’d like to register beforehand feel free to contact the Registration Office at [email protected] with questions.

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