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.
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Doctor of Ministry Program
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.