Ph.D. students are academically prepared and successful in publishing books, journal articles, and other written contributions. 98% of our Ph.D. graduates are published.
Rigorous scholarship is a distinctive aspiration of our program. We set very high academic standards at every point, including admissions qualifications, coursework, and dissertation writing. Our students’ dissertations are expected to make substantial scholarly contributions in their fields of study. Moreover, as the information here demonstrates, our students and alumni are exceedingly active in scholarly publication (and the conference presentations that lead to publication).
The books, journal articles, and contributions provide the opportunity to assess this in terms of both quantity and quality. It is worth noting that 98% of our graduates have achieved some form of publication, and approximately 60% have published their dissertations within a couple years of graduation. These excellent percentages not only indicate high quantity but also signal at least a measure of academic quality, especially once the publications’ various scholarly venues are taken into account.
With individualized attention from our world-class faculty, over 60% of our students have published dissertations with acclaimed publishers. At Wheaton, mentoring doesn't stop when you graduate. Our faculty will not only help you as a student, but also provide post-graduation mentoring, encouragement and accountability to publish and jumpstart your academic career.
Books are the most tangible form of academic publication. Not only do we mentor students to produce strong dissertations of publishable quality; we help to network and encourage them toward following through to successful publication. Furthermore, our alumni have now produced numerous books of various types as they establish their careers after Wheaton.
Journal articles, especially those involving rigorous peer review, are another hallmark of successful academic careers and cutting edge contributions to current discussions. Our students are often able to publish one or more of their seminar papers, written during the program, as a journal article after substantial revision. Our alumni continue to be active in this form of publication after they graduate.
Other contributions typically involve book chapters of various kinds, and these indicate that our students and alumni are involved in editing work as well as being sought after to participate in contemporary academic projects.