Overview

Semlink is a unique opportunity for online graduate-level theological education.  Below are answers to some frequently asked questions.

What is Semlink?

Semlink courses are online classes offered by Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary via our online learning management system, Canvas.  The course will include audio and/or video presentations from your professor(s) and online interactions with your instructor and fellow students via online discussion forums, blog posts and responses.  In addition, exams and other assignments are submitted online.

Semlink classes involve weekly or bi-weekly assignments.  This structure is designed to help you move through the class successfully and to provide common ground for discussions with your instructor and classmates throughout the course. Click here to view recent Semlink syllabi.

Flexibility and Convenience. Gordon-Conwell is committed to offering courses that are accessible from a distance without diminishing the high academic and spiritual quality of education available on campus. Semlink courses enable you to complete up to half of most degree online while continuing to meet other responsibilities. This unique program can provide you a head start on seminary training before enrolling on campus, and you can continue theological education even while abroad.  Some students also realize a significant financial benefit by maintaining their current income without incurring the costs associated with moving to campus.

Semlink courses are fully accredited. Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary operates under a charter of the Higher Education Coordinating Council of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Seminary is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. This accreditation includes all Semlink courses.

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Do I need to apply to Gordon-Conwell in order to take Semlink courses?

If you intend to take a course for credit, you must first apply to the seminary. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is required. You can find more information about applying to the various Gordon-Conwell campuses here. Semlink participants may apply to a graduate non-degree program as Visiting Students from another seminary or as Special Students who do not intend to complete a degree.

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How long will I have to complete my Semlink course, and when will it start?

Semlink courses last for 14 weeks and are roughly concurrent with the on-campus semesters at our main campus:

  • Fall Semlink classes begin the week after Labor Day.
  • Spring Semlink classes begin the week after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
  • Summer Semlink classes begin in mid-May.

Click here to view recent Semlink syllabi.

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How many credit hours is a Semlink Course?

Each Semlink course carries 3 semester-hour credits, the equivalent of 4.5 quarter hours.

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Can I complete an entire Gordon-Conwell degree via Semlink?

You can complete up to 50% of most Gordon-Conwell degree programs online.  As with any question relating to your degree progress, please contact your Registrar to see how many online courses you can take for your degree program.

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How much does it cost to take a Semlink course?

Tuition costs are determined by the Gordon-Conwell campus where you are registered.

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When can I register for a Semlink?

You may register for a Semlink class up until the add/drop deadline for the semester, but keep in mind Semlink courses have limited enrollment capacity. Register early if you are able to do so. Please consult your campus’s academic calendar, or contact the Digital Education team for the specific dates when each semester’s registration will open.

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What community learning experiences will Semlink provide?

Students interact with instructors and fellow students via interactive assignments throughout the class.

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Continue on to Read about Gordon-Conwell’s (and Semlink’s) Accreditation

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