Application Process — Boston Campus


January 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.

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Spring ‘21

Important Deadlines

Application Deadline (International)

Application Deadline (Domestic)

Registration Deadline

Add/Drop Deadline

Dec. 1, 2020 Dec. 15, 2020 Jan. 22, 2021 Jan. 29, 2021
Unfortunately, the deadline for international students has passed. We are no longer able to receive applications for Spring 2021. It’s not too late! We are still accepting a limited number of applications, but time is running out.

Before You Apply...

Before beginning your application, please review the pieces of the application you will be required to submit in order for your application to be reviewed by the admissions committee:

  1. Application Form (Submitted Online)
  2. Three Letters of Recommendation:
    • Pastor (church endorsement included)
    • Former Professor/Professional Colleague
    • Friend

    Recommendations should attest to your 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. We recommend that you contact your recommenders in advance of filling out your application. As part of the application, an electronic recommendation request will be sent to your recommenders by email.

  3. 1–2 Page Autobiographical Statement (Double Spaced; 12-pt Font)
  4. 1–2 Page Personal Statement (Double Spaced; 12-pt Font)
  5. Transcripts from all higher education institutions attended
  6. TOEFL Score (applicable to international students whose native language is not English)

Step 1: Apply

How To Apply…

  1. Apply online to get started.Applications will be submitted to the Admissions Committee once the application has been completed (including written statements and recommendations).
  2. Send Official transcripts directly from all colleges and institutions of higher education attended.
  3. Immunization Form. Students can request an official immunization exemption based upon medical or religious reasons by submitting an Immunization Exemption Form.
  4. TOEFL score (applicable to international students whose native language is not English)

Graduate Certificate Program

Interested applicants should submit all of the documents mentioned above, with moderation to the following:

  1. Two Recommendations:
    • Church/Professional/Academic
    • Personal
  2. Official transcript documenting the completion of at least a Bachelor’s degree.

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 one month.

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: 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 4: 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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