Apply - Doctor of Ministry Program


Thank you for considering Gordon-Conwell for a Doctor of Ministry degree. We are so honored you are here and would like to share some very important information as you discern this next step.  Please consider the soft deadlines published next to each concentration in our track schedule. For best success, you will need to start your application at least 6-8 months before the first residency date. The application process can take 1-2 months and if you are accepted, you will be issued a syllabus that includes at least 3-5,000 pages of reading and a few writing assignments. This preparation before the first residency date requires at least 3-6 months for best success.

*Also, please note that doctoral tracks run every 3 years. 2025 is a big year for hopping on board these 3-year tracks so please apply as soon as possible as space can be limited. You don’t want to wait another 3 years for a track that fits you well!


Begin your application in our online application portal.

Please note, that you can still use the online portal when the track you intend to apply for is not an option. To do this: pick any track to proceed through the portal, and list your actual track choice in one of the essays you submit with the application. My team will see your note and send you a confirmation email of the correct track listed with your application.

Please pay the $65 application fee with your application. Upon submitting your application, you will be prompted to pay the application fee. Please pay using a credit card, debit card, or PayPal account. *If you are a current GCTS student,  graduate, or member of the U.S. Military Forces, your application fee may be waived. For more information, contact an admissions representative at [email protected].

You may download the .pdf forms in the language the track you are applying for is taught with these links: Spanish (Español), Korean-GCI, or Mandarin.


Two essays are required for the application document, written in the language the track is taught.

    1. Autobiography (2 pages) sharing significant people/factors/events that shaped the applicant
    2. Personal Statement (2 pages) briefly sharing: (a) theological convictions key to personal ministry/kingdom service, (b) vocational objectives, (c) encouragement to pursue this degree, and (d) personal assessment of strengths and weaknesses

Essay Upload Instructions

Once you have submitted your application, you will be sent an email granting you access to your applicant portal inside of SONIS, our Student Information System (SIS). From your applicant portal, you can review all application checklist requirements (eg. transcripts, references, essays).

Use the paperclip icon next to the Essay Checklist items to upload your essay(s). Essays must be uploaded in .pdf.

You may also email your essays (.pdf) directly to Donna Mayhugh, DMin Admissions Lead: [email protected]


Before your application is reviewed, our admissions team must receive all Master’s level or higher transcripts (DMin applicants only) from all colleges/universities where the degree(s) were earned, even if the classes were transferred to another school and are reflected on their transcripts.

Official transcripts must be sent directly from all colleges, seminaries, and other institutions of higher education attended to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. You must request that each institution send an official transcript of academic work to the Doctor of Ministry Admissions Lead at [email protected].

Official electronic transcripts are accepted and preferred. Applicants may request electronic transcripts using the following email: [email protected].

GPA Requirements: 3.0

How to Send Transcripts

Transcripts may be sent by any means your college(s) uses for transmitting official transcripts but must be delivered (mail or email) directly to Gordon-Conwell, or hand-delivered in a sealed envelope. Copies and opened transcripts are not considered official.

Mail to:
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
c/o Doctor of Ministry Admissions
130 Essex Street,
South Hamilton, MA 01982


Electronic Transcripts

Official electronic transcripts are accepted and preferred. Applicants may request electronic transcripts using the following email: [email protected].


Gordon-Conwell is a partner school of PARCHMENT. If your college uses this service for transmitting electronic transcripts, search for and have the transcripts sent to “Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.”


Before your application is reviewed, our admissions team must receive all required references. References should be individuals you have known for at least one year, and who are not related to you.

Submit the names and emails of three references to Donna Mayhugh, DMin Admissions Lead: [email protected].

  • From a current ministry official
  • From a current ministry/professional colleague
  • From a friend

How to Submit

When filling out our online application, you will be prompted to provide references. The application form does not require a specific number of references based on the program you selected. For the DMin application, please submit the three references listed above.

By providing a name and email address in your application form, we will automatically forward an email to your reference(s) with a link to fill out an online reference form. Once that reference form is submitted, our admissions counselors will add the reference to your application and update your application checklist.

If the person(s) providing a reference have not received the email with the link please send an email to: [email protected].

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Ministry Endorsement

Before your application is reviewed, our admissions team must receive a ministry endorsement. Request a ministry endorsement from your current ministry context (leadership board, judicatory, overseer, etc.) indicating their understanding and support of your intention to pursue these studies.

Please, do not use family or references already used for a reference.

How to Submit

Please send the name, title, and email of your ministry endorser to Donna Mayhugh at [email protected]. By providing the name and email address, we will forward an email to your ministry endorser with a link to fill out an online ministry endorsement form.

If the person providing a ministry endorsement has not received the email with the link please send an email to [email protected].

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We advise completing the application process 4-6 months before the residency starts. This helps new students prepare confidently and start strong.

International students, please apply 6-8 months before a residency starts in order to allow additional time to secure the proper student visa for cohorts studying in the United States.

Contact Us

Admissions Representative: Donna Mayhugh
Email: [email protected]
Call: 978-646-4002
Doctor of Ministry Program
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
130 Essex Street
South Hamilton, MA 01982

Admissions Policy

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary admits students to degree programs in accordance with the standards laid out by our accrediting agency, the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). For the Doctor of Ministry degree, these standards include:

Applicants to the DMin degree program should have at least three years of experience in ministry subsequent to the first graduate theological degree, and, as part of the program goal, show evidence of capacity for an advanced level of competence and reflection in the practice of ministry beyond that of the master’s level. Students must possess an ATS Board of Commissioners-approved MDiv or its educational equivalent from an institution of higher education accredited by a US agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or approved by a Canadian provincial quality assurance agency.

Degrees from institutions outside of North America may be accepted provided schools can demonstrate that they meet the standards of the Board-approved degrees for admission. MDiv equivalency is defined as 72 graduate semester hours or comparable graduate credits in other systems that represent broad-based work in theology, biblical studies, and the arts of ministry and that include a master’s degree and significant ministerial leadership. Ministerial experience alone is not considered the equivalent of or a substitute for the master’s degree.

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, national or ethnic origin, age, handicap or veteran status.

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