Dual-degree programs permit a student to begin graduate-level study in communications, engineering, business, theology and optometry before graduating from Wheaton. A student will take one to three additional years to earn a second degree in one of these fields; the Wheaton A.B. is normally awarded at the same time as the second degree. More detailed information about these programs and the undergraduate programs of study that lead to them is available under dual-degree programs in the catalog.
Dual-degree programs exist with the following institutions:
- Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College (B.S. Engineering)
- Emerson College (M.A. Integrated Marketing Communication)
- Andover-Newton Theological School (M.A. Religion)
- New England School of Optometry (Doctor of Optometry)
- Clark University Graduate School of Management (M.B.A.)
In addition to the more than 40 existing majors, students may propose independent majors in which they determine and define the focus of study. These are normally designed with the guidance of faculty advisors and combine courses from two or more areas.
Preparing for graduate programs
Wheaton actively encourages students to continue their education in professional and graduate programs. Information and advice about graduate schools and undergraduate preparation for graduate study is available in the Filene Center for Academic Advising and Career Services.