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Online Programs Application Procedure

Step 1: Apply

When should I begin my application? When is the deadline?

Applications are accepted no earlier than one year in advance of the expected date of matriculation and must be completed at least one month prior to the beginning of the term for which admission is sought. Please reference the Academic Calendar for specific application deadlines. Please note that financial aid (loans, scholarships, etc.) deadlines differ from the application deadlines. Click here for more information on financial aid deadlines.

How do I apply?

You may apply online or download a PDF of our application.

Applications will be reviewed once the following items have been received:

  1. Completed application* including a) Personal statements 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 brief autobiography.
  2. Three written 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. References should be individuals whom you have known for at least one year, and who are not related to you. One reference is needed from each category:
    1. Pastor or Church Official
    2. Friend or Associate
    3. Former Professor or Professional Colleague
  3. Church endorsement form completed and signed by a church official (optional).
  4. Official transcripts sent directly from all colleges and institutions of higher education attended.  The seminary requires a bachelor's degree, with a minimum 2.5 gpa (some degree programs may require a 3.0) from an institution accredited by a recognized accrediting agency.
  5. Application fee of $50 (U.S.). This may be paid online (with the online application), by phone or by mail.
  6. TOEFL score (international students only).

Semlink and Non-Degree Seeking applicants should complete the full application.

*Please note that by signing and submitting the completed application, you are affirming to have read, agree with and adhere to Gordon-Conwell's Community Life Statement.

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.

Need assistance?

Our Admissions team is here to support you through every step in the application process. If you have any questions or require assistance please contact us at onlineprograms@gordonconwell.edu or call (855) 211-2474.

Step 2: I'm Accepted; Now What?


Reserve your admission by returning the Biographical Data Form and $75 matriculation deposit. Once we receive your Biographical Data Form and $75 matriculation deposit, you will be contacted by an Student Care Team Member regarding setting up a Pre-Orientation Call where you will receive your Gordon-Conwell email address, systems login information, and other important getting started details.

Step 3: I've Reserved; Now What?

Arrange a Pre-Orientation Call with a Student Care Representative

After reserving, you will be contacted by a Student Care Team Member in regards to setting up a Pre-Orientation Call. The primary goal of this call is to help you get started in the program. You will have the ability to register for classes. In addition, you will be provided access information for your Gordon-Conwell email and other systems logins, including Sakai, our learning management system. Finally, you will also be added to the Online New Student Orientation course that must be completed prior to beginning classes.

Apply for a Scholarships/Financial Aid

Most students are eligible for some form of financial aid including grants, scholarships, and loans. Each offering has its own eligibility requirements and deadlines. Be sure to check out the Financial Aid page for online MACM, MACL, and Charlotte students.

Communicate with Your Advisor

All degree-seeking students are assigned an academic advisor. Your advisor is available for assistance in selecting courses and devising a degree completion plan. New Students are encouraged to contact their advisor as early as possible, and to schedule a meeting with their advisor before beginning classes. The academic advisor for the online MACM program is Dr. Steve Klipowicz. Dr. Klipowicz can be reached at sklipowicz@gordonconwell.edu or at (704) 527-9909. The academic advisor for the online MACL program is Dr. Rod Cooper.  Dr. Cooper can be reached at rcooper@gordonconwell.edu or at (704) 527-9909. The academic advisor for the Certificate program is Douglas Price. Douglas can be reached at dprice1@gordonconwell.edu or at (704) 527-9909.

Step 4: Complete Online New Student Orientation

During your Pre-Orientation Call with a Student Care Representative you will gain access to the online New Student Orientation course in Sakai. This self-paced orientation must be completed before a student begins classes.

Step 5: Begin Classes!

Once you have completed the Online New Student Orientation course, you are ready to begin classes. Be sure to obtain a copy of your course syllabi and order your books before the class begins.  Remember that classes will require 10-15 hours of coursework per class per week. You will need to adjust your personal commitments and lifestyle accordingly.

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.