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Advanced Standing

Gordon-Conwell offers opportunities for Advanced Standing based on successful completion of competency exams and/or on previous coursework:

Competency Exams

Students who demonstrate proficiency in Bible survey and language competency exams will receive Advanced Standing in these areas.

CCCU Students

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary also grants Advanced Standing to graduates from CCCU schools (Council of Christian Colleges and Universities).


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Master of Divinity

If you pursue a Master of Divinity at Gordon-Conwell

If you are a graduate of a regionally accredited CCCU school and meet the requirements listed below, you are eligible for up to 24 credits of Advanced Standing in the Gordon-Conwell Master of Divinity (M.Div.):

  • You hold an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • You majored in Biblical and/or Theological Studies, Ministry Studies, or a comparably named major
  • You have been admitted to Gordon-Conwell as an M.Div. student.
  • To receive Advanced Standing for Old or New Testament Survey, Greek or Hebrew, you will need to pass Gordon-Conwell’s competency exams in these areas.

Course-specific guidelines apply, and our registration team would be glad to evaluate your undergraduate transcript for potential Advanced Standing.

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Master of Arts

If you pursue a Master of Arts at Gordon-Conwell

If you are a graduate of a regionally accredited CCCU school and meet the requirements listed below, you are eligible for up to 15 credits of Advanced Standing in the Gordon-Conwell Master of Arts (M.A.):

  • You hold an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • You majored in Biblical and/or Theological Studies, Ministry Studies, or a comparably named major
  • You have been admitted to Gordon-Conwell as a student in the M.A. (New Testament), M.A. (Old Testament), M.A. (Biblical Languages), M.A. (Theology), M.A. (Church History), M.A. (Religion), M.A. in Spiritual Formation or M.A. in Intercultural Studies.  (Note that it is not possible at this time to receive Advanced Standing in the M.A. in Counseling, M.A. in Global Leadership or M.A. (Christian Studies).)
  • To receive Advanced Standing for Old or New Testament Survey, Greek or Hebrew, you will need to pass Gordon-Conwell’s competency exams in these areas.

Course-specific guidelines apply, and our registration office would be glad to evaluate your undergraduate transcript for Advanced Standing.

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