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!

Application Documents

  1. Application
  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.
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  4. An Endorsement Letter 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.

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 Manager: Sara Coons
Email: [email protected]
Call: 978-646-4163 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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