Learn more about our MDIV program:
If you feel called to vocational ministry, to nurturing and growing churches locally and internationally, to studying the Bible intensively and sharing the Word of God faithfully, Gordon-Conwell’s MDIV is designed for you. Our comprehensive program provides men and women with rigorous theological training, deep spiritual formation, and practical ministry skills to proclaim the gospel with true servant leadership.
You may be called to serve in your local community or across the globe, and our commitment to global discipleship will prepare you to serve with cultural relevance. You will learn from world-renowned faculty in a diverse community of 85 denominations and 50 languages.
“At Gordon-Conwell, I learned to take the Word of God and the people of God seriously. I learned the importance of biblical languages, to exegete with care, to preach a sermon first to myself and then to my flock. But I also learned that ministry is about people. In my work with undergraduate students at an affluent university, I share the Gospel with those weighed down by heavy expectations for them to change the world. I watch as God unmasks my students and shows them the inadequacy of their own power, achievement, and intelligence. And I remind them that our God is changing the world, and that we get to be a part of His work.”
— Katie Hightower (MDIV ‘18)
“Whether I was serving in international missions, discipling students in college ministry, or teaching at a seminary, I have been grateful for the wide range of experience, education, and discipleship that Gordon-Conwell used to equip me for ministry. I particularly appreciate the intentional approach faculty took to developing me as a follower of Christ, not just as a student in the classroom.”
— Cody Zuiderveen (MDIV ‘16)
“Through the Partnership Program, my husband and I were both able to attend seminary, something I had resigned to putting off until my kids were out of the nest. I took advantage of the BTI and took a broad range of classes, which ultimately clarified my missional calling to mobilize the church at large. I had professors who empowered and encouraged me, some of whom I still keep in touch with one decade later.”
— Cindy Wu (MDIV ‘11)
“After completing my MDIV, I returned to the DC area and served for six years in bi-vocational ministry with my wife’s home church — a large non-denominational church different from my own (small, midwestern Presbyterian) tradition. My education equipped me to help men and women coming together from many different backgrounds (theological, demographic, generational) to listen together to God’s Word and to each other.”
— Chris Anderson (MDIV ‘12)
The Master of Divinity generally draws students desiring to enter full-time vocational or bi-vocational ministry. The student body is made up of a diverse group of people from different ethnicities, countries, denominations and phases of life.
Graduates have also applied their MDIV in the marketplace, public policy, education, research, public service, medicine, dentistry, law, and Hollywood.
90 Credit Hours (30 Courses)
This list is provided for you convenience. It seeks to be accurate and up-to-date but does not replace your graduation check sheet as the authoritative statement of degree requirements per your admission. That check sheet provides a fuller list of alternative courses and potential exceptions.
1. Students who pass the Old Testament or New Testament competency exams may waive the course(s) OT500 or NT501 OR replace these with an open elective. (Bible competency exams must be taken prior to a student’s first course).
2. The following course prefixes are associated with Gordon-Conwell’s three teaching divisions
Biblical Studies includes: GL, NT, OL, OT.
Christian Thought includes: AP, CH, CT, ET, TH, WM
Practical Theology includes: CL, CO, EM, EV, MC, MM, PC, PR, or YM
Required Degree: Bachelor’s
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Gordon-Conwell requires a TOEFL score of 90 or better (IBT). We also accept IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher, or a Duolingo score of 110. Students who have completed an undergraduate degree through an English-language university may request a TOEFL waiver.
A Completed Online Application Includes:
Scholarships and financial assistance are available.