By design, Princeton emphasizes comparatively short and intensive programs of doctoral study. The Graduate School has few central requirements for doctoral candidates. To qualify, all candidates for the Ph.D. must pass the general examination in their subject, present an acceptable dissertation and pass the final public oral examination.
The General Examination is the first milestone for a doctoral degree. Students who pass the general examination continue on to Ph.D. degree candidacy.
The dissertation and final public oral are the two final requirements for a Ph.D. To complete the final requirements for the advanced degree, graduate students must complete the advanced degree application process and receive approval from the department and the Graduate School.