About this course
The Doctor of Philosophy 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 in combination with creative and critical reflection on its significance for the church and contemporary culture. Students may focus on either Biblical Theology or Systematic/Historical Theology.
The nature of Scripture and of the theological task demands that theology be rooted in Scripture and that Scripture be interpreted theologically. The Wheaton Ph.D. program, therefore requires that its students take a holistic approach to biblical-theological studies. Students will write dissertations that focus on one of the traditional areas of academic competence—Old Testament, New Testament, Systematic Theology, or Historical Theology—the student's "concentration." But the entire program requires integration between the fields of biblical studies and theology. In order to facilitate this integration, students in the Wheaton Ph.D. program will write dissertations that are distinctly theological in nature.
- An M.A. (in an area of Biblical or Theological Studies) or M.Div. degree or the equivalent.
- Normally, a minimum GPA of 3.5 in their master’s-level work.
- An acceptable score on the GRE.
- For international students: scores on the TOEFL of 600, on the TWE of 5.0, and on the TSE of 50.
- Evidence of potential for doctoral-level research in the form of a substantial research paper.
- Competency in biblical Hebrew and Greek.
- Recommendations from three of the applicant's professors and his or her pastor.
- Approval from the mentor with whom the student seeks to study (normally secured through a personal interview