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Departments and Programs

Princeton University has 42 degree-granting departments and programs that admit students. Associated admission and degree requirements for each can be found within the Fields of Study listings.  The University also offers a growing number of interdepartmental programs and offerings that allow students to work across disciplinary boundaries while still continuing to receive advanced training and a degree in the home department.  Recognized interdepartmental programs are also listed in Fields of Study.

Joint Degrees

Princeton's Graduate School itself authorizes and offers four full joint-degree programs: interdisciplinary humanities, social policy, neuroscience, and materials science.  Established joint degree programs allow participating students to earn a Ph.D. within a recognized discipline, but with a substantial research component of a related discipline.  Students apply to a participating home department, and are usually accepted to a joint degree program after admission and enrollment. Students who successfully pursue a joint degree will receive a Ph.D. from their home department and from the affiliated program.  Joint degree programs have their own listing within Fields of Study.

Princeton also participates in two established joint-degree programs with other institutions.  Information about these can be found in the Fields of Study listings for the Woodrow Wilson School (for the M.P.A.-J.D. program), and the Department of Molecular Biology (for the M.D-Ph.D. program).  Individual agreements or arrangements outside of these formal programs may also be possible with the support of a student's department and the Graduate School.

Graduate Certificates

The Graduate School currently authorizes (but itself does not grant) ten graduate certificates that recognize students’ acquisition of special expertise through extra language study, required course work, participation in special workshops or colloquia, and (in the case of Ph.D. students) significant content in the general examination and/or the doctoral dissertation.  Students are not admitted to the University via certificate programs.  Because the Graduate School does not grant certificates, they do not appear on the transcript (but may be listed on a student's c.v. or credentialed in other ways by the granting department or program). Authorized certificates are listed within Fields of Study.