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Ph.D. in Biblical & Theological Studies Admission Requirements

Applying to the Wheaton College Graduate School

Learn more about the admission requirements and application deadlines for the Ph.D. in Biblical and Theological Studies at the Wheaton College Graduate School.

Application Deadline Information

The application deadline for all applicants is January 1st.

Applying to the Ph.D. in Biblical and Theological Studies

The Ph.D. in Biblical & Theological Studies program accepts six students per year and is quite competitive. Admission decisions are based on the total applicant pool. Interviews for selected applicants will be conducted on February 17 and 18. Interviewees will be notified of their admission decision in March.

Strongly Suggested: Contact your potential mentor as soon as you can, well before the application deadline. Our mentors expect and look forward to hearing from applicants. Reaching out to your prospective mentor with your research topic gives the opportunity for valuable feedback on how to refine your research ideas.

Having a topic that fits your mentor's research interests will be crucial to having a strong application. 

Requirements for All Students 

  1. Application Deadline: January 1. Fall entrance only.
  2. Master's of Divinity (M.Div.), M.A.Theological Studies, M.A. Biblical Studies, or equivalent, and official transcripts from all colleges where a degree was earned or is currently being earned.
  3. Competencies in the following areas, demonstrated by transcript evaluation.
    • Advanced-Level Greek and Hebrew
      • Historical Theology students may exchange Latin for Hebrew.
    • Old Testament Studies
    • New Testament Studies
    • Basic Systematic Theology
    • Basic Historical Theology
  4. PhD Prerequisite Evaluation Form.
  5. Minimum Graduate GPA: 3.5.
  6. GRE General Test. See GRE At Home option.
    • Test scores must be fewer than five years old.
    • For registration information and test-center locations, go to http://www.ets.org.
    • Wheaton College Institution Code: 1905.
  7. Four Recommendations, which are web-based forms.
    • Three Academic Recommendations.
    • One Pastoral Recommendation.
    • Letters accepted as supplements to the forms. Recommendations from family or relatives not accepted.
  8. Sample Research Paper.
    • Twenty to thirty pages. Should focus on emphasis of interest: Old Testament, New Testament, Systematic Theology, or Historical Theology.
    • For the OT and NT emphases, the paper should also demonstrate exegetical skill.
  9. Research Proposal.
    • Must identify a coherent and defensible dissertation topic that fits the interests of the mentor of interest. Students begin serious dissertation work from the beginning of the program.
  10. Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume.
  11. Signed Statement of Veracity, Statement of Faith, and Community Covenant.
  12. Individual Interview on campus, by invitation only. Dates: Two days in mid-February. Exact dates in February 2020 will be posted as soon as they are available.
  13. Application Fee: $50, non-refundable.


YearGPA Average UndergraduateGPA Average Graduate
2018 3.66 3.88
2017 3.73 3.79
2016 3.74 3.87


YearGRE Average VerbalGRE Average QuantitativeGRE Average Analytical Writing
2018 161 153 5.0
2017 163 154 5.0
2016 165 156 5.0


Additional Requirements for International Students

International students, and permanent residents of the US whose native language is not English, are required to take either the TOEFL iBT Test,  IELTS Academic Test, or Duolingo English test with the minimal scores indicated below:

TOEFL iBT Test: 100 with at least 20 in each category

IELTS Academic Test: 7.0 with at least 6.5 in each category

Duolingo English Test: 120

Applicants who wish to waive their English proficiency test, please refer to the English proficiency page for details.

An International Transcript Verification Report is needed for students who completed degrees outside of the United States.