Graduate School Admission
Click here to be brought to the Graduate School's webpage, where you can apply on-line. All application materials must be submitted/uploaded to the online application. Note: When completing the online application, if you are applying to the Program in History of Science, please select ‘Program in History of Science’ as the department. If you encounter any trouble with the online application, contact the Graduate Admissions Office.
Please note that although the History of Science Program is located within the History Department, these programs have separate admissions processes. You can read more about the History Department’s graduate program here: http://www.princeton.edu/history/graduate/.
1. a major field in the history of science;
2. a minor field in another area of history; and
3. a third field, such as one of the following options:
a. “general” history of science-traditionally known as “Plato to NATO”;
b. a second special field in the history of science;
c. a second field in another area of history; or
d. a field in some related subject, e.g., philosophy of science, anthropology of science, or some branch of science or mathematics.
By the beginning of the fourth year, the student should provide the dissertation adviser with at least one draft chapter for criticism and revision. As the dissertation nears completion, the Director of Graduate Studies, in consultation with the student, names first and second readers in addition to the adviser. A third reader, from outside the department or outside the University, will also be named. In accordance with the regulations of the History Department and the University, only the first reader may call for major revisions in the dissertation once the adviser decides it is acceptable. When the adviser and the first reader are satisfied that the dissertation merits the Ph.D. degree, the student arranges for submitting copies to the other readers. At that point, the second and third readers may make suggestions for further improvements, but cannot require such improvements to be made before the dissertation is presented for public scrutiny. The adviser and each of the official readers will prepare a written evaluation of the dissertation and submit a formal recommendation as to its acceptability. These evaluations will be made available to the doctoral candidate. Upon receipt of the recommendations and a request from the Director of Graduate Studies for History of Science, the Graduate School authorizes a Final Public Oral Examination, at which the student defends the dissertation.