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Applying is the first step to starting well, checksheetApplications are considered for action when the following items have been received at our office address

  1. You are welcome to use the official online application. You may also download the application in the language the track you intend to apply for is taught with these links: English, Spanish (Español), or MandarinDeadlines are published next to each concentration on the interactive track schedule
  2.  Required Essays, 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;
  3. Recommendation forms: (3 total) one submitted by a current ministry official, one by a current ministry colleague, and one by a person of choice. Please do not use family or the same reference multiple times. Para el formulario de recomendación en espanol, oprima aqui;
  4. A letter of endorsement from the applicant’s current ministry context (leadership board, judicatory, overseer, etc.) indicating understanding and support of their intention to pursue these studies. Please, do not use family or reference already used for a recommendation;
  5. Official transcripts provided to us directly from the sending institution, for all colleges, seminaries, and other institutions of higher education attended;
  6. The $50 application fee.
  7. Only for Marriage and Family Counseling applicants, additional assessments and a corresponding testing fee. Required assessments are sent to an applicant’s chosen proctor, any adult except family, after receipt of an application.

To support strong starts, we advise completing the application process 4-6 months before the residency starts. International students additionally plan for the time it may take to secure a proper visa. The maximum time for completing the D.Min. program is six years from the time of your first residency.

Admissions Manager: [email protected]
Call: 978-646-4163 or 1-800-816-1837
Office 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 75 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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