Wheaton College

“To help cultivate Christians who are Biblically rooted and theologically formed”

Description of PhD Program

The PhD in Biblical and Theological Studies at Wheaton College 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. In a world of very specialized scholarship, this program is intentional about bridging the scholarly gap between the Old and New Testaments, and between the disciplines of Biblical Studies and Theology. These are often treated as separate, autonomous subjects, but this program is designed to hold them together and is decidedly theological.

The PhD program is a hybrid that involves some standard features of the typical North American doctorate (including required seminars and comprehensive knowledge of the field) and elements of the British model (a strong emphasis on the dissertation and the mentor relationship). The course of study is designed to be completed in three years by strong students through blending the key features of both models. The six PhD faculty each accept only one new student per academic year, which facilitates strong mentor relationships and academic guidance.

The program is concurrent. That is, students begin work on their dissertation proposals during their first semester, while doing seminars, honing modern language skills, completing required readings for breadth and depth of knowledge in their field, and engaging in fellowship work (typically supporting research and the teaching of a professor). During their program, students also are required to take a course at another institution to broaden exposure to their field.

Tuition & Housing

The PhD tuition for 2017-18 is $19,200. Wheaton awards full-tuition scholarships. For the financial aid cost-of-attendance budget Wheaton College uses $18,366 for the living expense budget, which is based on a CollegeBoard higher education nine month living expense budget for the Chicago/Naperville/Joliet area. This is not a billed charge, but rather an estimate of what a graduate student would spend in living expenses.

Financial Aid Fellowships

PhD Scholarship and Research Fellowship which awards full tuition and a $10,500/year Teaching Assistant stipend.

Hispanic/Latino/a Faculty

Dr. M. Daniel Carroll R. (Rodas) is one of the PhD faculty
Blanchard Professor of Old Testament

Other faculty in the biblical and theological studies department:

Dr. Gene Green
Professor of New Testament (spent many years in Central America before joining the faculty, fluent in Spanish)

Dr. Carlos Sosa
Visiting Assistant Professor of New Testament

Hispanic Centers & Programs

At this time there is nothing established specifically for Latino/a graduate students. Unidad is the name of the association of Latino/a students at the undergraduate level. Wheaton College has an Office of Multicultural Development. Deepening the ethnic diversity on campus is one of the four strategic priorities set by the president.

Library Resources & Special Collections

The Buswell Library is a teaching library whose mission is to build physical and virtual academic resources, foster skilled and confident users of these resources, and promote community on the Wheaton campus.

The library is the shared center of intellectual inquiry and discovery for Wheaton College. It nurtures partnerships that augment Wheaton’s resources, teaching mission, and the community of which it is a part. The library seeks to thoroughly integrate Wheaton’s teaching into the curriculum through active involvement in curricular development, partnerships with faculty and academic departments, awareness and promotion of emerging trends and resources, and direct engagement with students both within and outside of the classroom. It promotes community by sponsoring and participating in campus-wide activities and encouraging the creative use of the library’s physical and virtual spaces.

Buswell owns approximately 400,000 printed books and adds about 7,000 new books every year. In recent years, it has begun to provide books electronically and currently has about 155,000 books in this format. The library provides access to thousands of academic journals via internet and hundreds in hard copy within the library. A robust inter-library loan system is connected to I-Share (made up of over 80 institutions in the state of Illinois) and ILLiad (consisting of thousands of libraries worldwide).

The library archives houses the collections of a number of significant evangelical leaders and associations and organizations. In addition, the Marion E. Wade Center, which has its own building, is a major research collection of materials by and about seven British authors: Owen Barfield, G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, Dorothy L. Sayers, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams.

Other Resources

Metro-Chicago offers access to libraries and a host of opportunities (such as lectures and conferences) of many universities and seminaries, including among others Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Trinity International University, the University of Chicago, Loyola University, Catholic Theological Union, and North Park University.

Contact Information

The HTI person to contact for information on PhD studies at Wheaton College is:

Name:     Dr. M. Daniel Carroll R. (Rodas)
Title:       Blanchard Professor of Old Testament
Phone:   (630) 752-5155
Email:     danny.carroll@wheaton.edu