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Ph.D. in Biblical & Theological Studies

Ph.D. in Biblical & Theological Studies

Why Pursue a Ph.D. in Biblical & Theological Studies?

The Ph.D. in Biblical and Theological Studies is designed to train scholars who can serve the church worldwide as teachers, researchers, pastors, and leaders. The program aims at fostering faithfulness to the teaching of Scripture with a view towards strengthening and equipping the church in its mission.

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Why Study Biblical and Theological Studies at Wheaton?

A full tuition scholarship, as well as a research fellowship, for each of the six students accepted per year will enable each student to devote himself or herself to advanced learning as a fully involved member of the academic community.

We work with a model of strong personal and academic relationships between our students and their doctoral mentors (supervisors) from the very start of their program right through their dissertation defense. Additional faculty are available to teach doctoral seminars, serve as resources, and act as secondary readers for dissertations.

Unlike most doctoral programs in North America that operate with a sequential, step-by-step model, our program is concurrent. Our students work on their dissertation proposals during their first semester, while doing seminars, honing their modern language skills, completing required readings for breadth and depth of knowledge in their field, and engaging in fellowship work (typically supporting the research and teaching of a professor).

In a world of very super-specialized scholarship, we are intentional about bridging the scholarly gap between the Old and New Testaments, and especially between the disciplines of Biblical Studies and Theology. In today’s academy, these are often treated as separate, autonomous subjects, but our program is designed to hold them together. Our program is decidedly theological. We want our students to engage the whole canon of Scripture to discern its unified message for today.  Likewise, our program explores the scriptural roots of theology and the theological roots of Scripture.

This program will expose students to perspectives from other parts of the world through class discussions, the presence of visiting international scholars, and an academic community engaged in global issues.

View the Course Catalog

Our course catalog provides detailed information such as course requirements, course descriptions, faculty information, and program overview for the PhD in Biblical and Theological Studies.

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Wheaton was an ideal place in which to prepare for a lifetime of scholarship and teaching. — Carmen Imes Ph.D., '16, Associate Professor in Old Testament at Prairie College
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BITH Grad Women's Fellowship

The BITH Grad Women’s Fellowship was started over a decade ago to provide a space for female graduate students in the department to meet together regularly throughout the year with female faculty, build relationships, provide support, and enjoy each other’s company. The group was started by Dr. Karen Jobes (Emeritus) and is led today by Dr. Jennifer Powell McNutt. Food, fellowship, and prayer are the focus of our time together. If you are a female BITH student in an MA or Ph.D. program then please join us!


Faculty Books

Spirit of God: Christian Renewal in the Community of Faith

Spirit of God: Christian Renewal in the Community of Faith

These essays, edited by Dr. Jeffrey Barbeau, provide an ecumenical exploration of the Holy Spirit's person and work in biblical, historical, doctrinal and practical perspective.

Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church, and the Bible

Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church, and the Bible

As both a Guatemalan and an American, Dr. Daniel Carroll draws on key biblical ideas to speak to both the immigrant culture and the host culture, arguing that both sides have much to learn about the debate.

Caesar and the Lamb: Early Christian Attitudes on War and Military Service

Caesar and the Lamb: Early Christian Attitudes on War and Military Service

Through the available patristic writings Dr. George Kalantzis focuses on the attitudes of the earliest Christians on war and military service and tells the story of the struggle of the earliest Church.

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Possible Careers for Ph.D. in Biblical & Theological Students

In partnership with our Center for Vocation and Career, many find employment in higher education, as well as church and parachurch agencies.

  • Churches
  • Colleges and universities
  • Parachurch agencies
  • Religious organizations
  • Publishing houses
  • Seminaries

Alumni from the program have gone on to work at the following organizations and many more:

Reformed Theological Seminary Institut Biblique et Missionnaire
First Presbyterian Church of Miami Northern Seminary
Talbot School of Theology The Urban Ministry Institute
Oak Hill Theological College Grace Theological Seminary
Zondervan Publishing Gordon College
Grace Church of DuPage Singapore Bible College
Bethlehem Bible College and Seminary Crossway Books
Planetshakers College Reality LA
Knox Theological Seminary Visoko Evanđeosko Teološko Učilište, Croatia


Alumni of the Ph.D. in Biblical & Theological Studies program have gone on to faithful careers in a variety of different fields. Many hold teaching positions at seminaries as well as both Christian and secular colleges and universities around the country and the world. Beyond that, our graduates pastor churches large and small here in the local area, on both coasts of the country, and in many other countries across the globe. A number of graduates also serve in publishing and other media-related fields.