Applying to Princeton

1Eligibility for Admission

To be eligible for admission to the Graduate School applicants must, before they are enrolled, hold a bachelor’s degree or its foreign equivalent from an accredited college or university. (Foreign equivalents may in some cases have a normal program length that is shorter or longer than four years.  No degree that has a normal program length shorter than three years will be considered equivalent to a bachelor's degree.)

You may apply to only one department, program, or combined program per year.

The Graduate School will not offer admission to an applicant seeking a second Ph.D. in the same or similar field of study.


The Graduate School at Princeton University encourages interested individuals to explore our fields of study to find the field that best fits your academic and professional goals. More detailed information, including faculty listings, can typically be found on individual department and program websites accessible through our webpage.


Graduate admission decisions at Princeton University are made by faculty in your proposed field of study. Although the Graduate School coordinates the admission process and establishes minimum requirements for admission, application deadlines and additional requirements vary by department and degree program.

We have compiled some helpful tips for you to consider as you prepare to begin your application for admission.

  1. Before filing your application, please be sure to read carefully the description of the degree program and requirements of the department to which you seek admission. Applicants are also encouraged to review the file upload requirements to ensure successful application submission.
  2. Review the appropriate deadlines and fees as departments and programs have varied application deadline dates.
  3. Be sure your statement of academic purpose outlines your goals for graduate study.
  4. Finalize your resume/curriculum vitae.
  5. Gather the email addresses and full names of three recommenders prior to submitting your application online. Letters of recommendation must be submitted using our electronic recommendation service.
  6. Request your transcripts.
  7. Arrange to have your prerequisite test scores sent to Princeton. All applicants whose native language is NOT English and who have NOT received their undergraduate education in a country where the native language is English MUST submit scores from one of two internationally recognized assessments of English language proficiency, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).


If you have decided that Princeton University offers the graduate education you are seeking, we hope you will apply.

Applicants can apply from September through December for admission commencing in the fall term of the following academic year. We do not accept late applications. There is no spring admission, and graduate study at Princeton is offered on a full-time basis. Applicants can apply only to one academic department per year. The application fee is nonrefundable. The Graduate School will not offer admission to an applicant seeking a second Ph.D. in the same or similar field of study.

Princeton guarantees full tuition, fees, and a stipend for its regularly enrolled, degree-seeking Ph.D. candidates for all years of regular program enrollment, contingent upon satisfactory academic performance. Master's applicants are required to submit the Statement of Financial Resources, as part of the application, and will be considered for any funding that is available.

Our application process is fully electronic. To apply to Princeton University’s Graduate School you must use our application.

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