Application Process for a Ph.D. in Biblical and Theological Studies

Students interested in the Ph.D. in Biblical and Theological Studies program at Wheaton should understand that the admission process is quite competitive. Therefore, we strongly urge students to do all they can to create a robust admissions profile before applying to the program. An extra year of preparation in languages (Greek, Hebrew, German) and general reading in areas of the student's interest will strengthen the quality of the application and the speed with which she or he moves through the program.

Step 1: Identify Faculty Mentor and Dissertation Topic

The Ph.D. program at Wheaton is committed to close interaction between student and mentor. Applicants need to specify the faculty mentor with whom they hope to work and also identify, as specifically as possible, the dissertation topic they desire to pursue.

Step 2: Submit Application Materials

Application Deadline: January 1 

All application materials must be submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office by the deadline. Learn more about how to apply.

Step 3: Personal Interview

Personal interviews with selected applicants will be conducted in February. Wheaton College will provide for main meals at the interview. The student is responsible for travel to and from the interview and for their lodging. The Graduate Admissions Office can provide information about low cost housing options and directions to the College. Call 1-800-888-0141 to speak with an Admissions Counselor.

Applicants will be notified of their status in March. Successful applicants must notify Wheaton College of their intention to enroll by sending a USD $500 deposit by April 1. Students will be advised at the time of admission about the requirements of their individual program, however final determinations will be made only after matriculation.