International Graduate Admissions Process

Thank you for your interest in Wheaton College Graduate School. Our goal is to do everything we can to help you understand and complete the process of coming to Wheaton College Graduate School with these three steps. It is important that you follow each step carefully.

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Step 1: Consider the Appropriateness of Wheaton College Graduate School

Introduction

Before you begin, we recommend finding out more about Wheaton College and our graduate programs. Wheaton College is a Christian liberal arts college and our mission is to serve Jesus Christ and advance His Kingdom through excellence in liberal arts and graduate programs that educate the whole person to build the church and benefit society worldwide. Wheaton College Graduate School offers two doctoral degrees and a variety of masters degree programs in the area of Biblical and Theological Studies, Psychology, Intercultural Studies, Christian Formation & Ministry, and Teaching. We do not offer graduate degrees in technical or business fields.

Educational Requirements

A four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university or the equivalent, with a minimum 2.75 GPA. Wheaton is a Christian liberal arts college (university level). We do not offer graduate degrees in technical or business fields.

Please note that Wheaton College Graduate School has instituted a policy requiring those who attended international schools to have a transcript evaluation completed from a reputable international credential evaluation service. If you are going to complete your application to Wheaton College, you will need to choose one of the following services for this evaluation report: WES (www.wes.org) or ECE (www.ece.org). These organizations offer a few different types of evaluation reports. You will need to request one that includes general equivalency and your grade point average (GPA). From WES this would be the courses-by-course evaluation (though it does not need to be the ICAP). You may choose an option that includes a copy of your transcript; or you may have your school(s) send us their transcript directly. Be sure to submit official transcripts from all post-secondary level schools attended, outside the U.S., from which academic credit was received.

Read more about Educational Requirements.

English Proficiency

If English is not your native language, you must demonstrate proficiency by submitting scores from either the TOEFL exam or IELTS exam. The following requirements apply to all international students and U.S. permanent residents whose native language is not English. Applicants who do not meet minimum English proficiency requirements will not be admitted. Read more about English Proficiency.

Financial Requirements

For many international students, financing an education is a challenge. International students are responsible for financing their own education. Read more about Financial Requirements

Billy Graham Center Scholarship Program

The Billy Graham Center Scholarship program offers financial assistance to carefully selected students who have completed at least two years of Christian service in their national church context and are affiliated with a Christian organization or national denomination which will indicate officially its future plans for an applicant's ministry. Application for the Graham Center Scholarship is not handled by the Graduate Admissions Office.

It is a separate process and materials are not interchangeable. Scholarship correspondence should be directed to:

April McLaughlin
Billy Graham Center Scholarship Program Coordinator
501 College Ave.
Wheaton, IL 60187-5593.
email: bgc.scholar@wheaton.edu

Step 2: Admissions Process

Formal Graduate Application

The international graduate application is now online. The deadline for submitting the formal graduate application is January 1. That means all application materials (application, references, TOEFL scores, official transcripts) should be returned to the Graduate Admissions Office by that date. International applicants will be admitted for the fall semester only. The fall semester begins in late August. Read more about Application Information.

Admissions Decision

If you are offered admission to a graduate degree program at Wheaton, please follow all the instructions provided in the admission letter and Notification of Acceptance.

Certification of Finances and I-20 Information 

Upon acceptance into the Graduate School, you will receive an Estimated Budget and a Certification of Finances form. There are scholarships available for International Students. The student is required to fill out the Certification of Finances form, provide bank/sponsor information and a wire/check advanced deposit to Tristan Rackow (Graduate Financial Aid Counselor). Once these items are handed in, Tristan will review them and then process a financial clearance for an I-20 to be issued. Payment plans must be finalized with Wheaton College by June 1st. The college will hold remaining funds and apply it to your bill at the appropriate time. The amount that exceeds your bill will be available for your access through your student account, once you arrive.  

Step 3: Planning Your Trip to Wheaton

Student Visa (F-1)

The I-20 is an official document of the United States Government granting you permission to apply for an F-1 student visa at the U.S. Consulate or Embassy nearest you. Once you have a visa, you can make final travel arrangements to come to the U.S. Please notify the Director of Graduate Student Care regarding the time of your arrival into the U.S. All new international students are required to be on campus two weeks prior to the start of classes to participate in an orientation program that will help facilitate their adjustment to life in the United States. Please visit International Student Services for more helpful information and necessary steps for your transition. All questions concerning your transition to the U.S. should be directed to the Director of Graduate Student Care.  

Employment

International students are not allowed to work in the U.S. except on the campus where they are registered. It is also advised that international students do not work more than 12 hours per week. Accompanying spouses are not permitted to work in the U.S. unless they are also full-time students.

Important Contacts

International Graduate Admissions Counselor 
Phone: (630) 752-5984
Email: wanchen.villegas@wheaton.edu

Graduate Financial Aid Counselor
Phone: (630) 752-5056
Email: tristan.rackow@wheaton.edu

BGC Scholarship Administrator
Billy Graham Center
Phone: (630) 752-5903
Email: bgc.scholar@wheaton.edu

 

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