Applying is the first step to starting well, deadlines are published next to each concentration at our online track schedule. We are excited you are ready to apply!


Please provide the $50 application fee with your application document.

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

You may use the English online application portal.

Please note, 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.


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

    • Autobiography (2 pages) sharing significant people/factors/events that shaped the applicant
    • 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


Send an official transcript, provided to us directly from the sending institution, for all colleges, seminaries, and other institutions of higher education attended.

    • Send electronically: [email protected]
    • Mail: Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, c/o DMin Admissions, 130 Essex Street, South Hamilton, MA 01982


Submit three (3) total recommendation forms. Please use this link to send an online form request directly to your references: Recommendation forms.

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

Please do not use family or the same reference multiple times.

Para el formulario de recomendación en espanol, oprima aqui.

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.

This form can be submitted in two ways:

(1) They can use our online form. Please share this link to an online form, with your endorser:

(2) You can share this sample description and direct your endorser to mail an individual letter:

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

International students additionally plan for the time it may take to secure a proper visa.

Contact Us

Admissions Representative: Donna Mayhugh
Email: [email protected]
Call: 617-318-1662 or 1-800-816-1837
Mailing Address: 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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