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The Graduate School

The Graduate School was established in 1900 and, by history and design, it is relatively small and emphasizes Ph.D. programs in the humanities, social and natural sciences, and engineering. Doctoral education focuses on original and independent scholarship, while master’s degree programs prepare candidates for careers in professional practice and public life.

These programs share a number of distinctive and desirable features: a high level of engagement between distinguished faculty and outstanding students, a residential campus environment that fosters a community of scholars, and a depth of financial support that allows concentration on academics. A wide range of interdisciplinary areas complement and enrich these degree-granting programs, which promote intellectual activities and research across departmental and divisional boundaries.

Doctoral Programs

Doctoral students work toward a Ph.D. in one of 42 degree-granting departments and programs. In addition to residing in Princeton for one academic year, doctoral candidates must fulfill departmental requirements, pass a general departmental examination, prepare a doctoral dissertation and present a public oral defense of the dissertation.

The University grants doctoral degrees in the following degree-granting departments and programs:

  • Anthropology
  • Applied and Computational Mathematics
  • Architecture
  • Art and Archaeology
  • Astrophysical Sciences
  • Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
  • Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Classics
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Science
  • East Asian Studies
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • English
  • French and Italian
  • Geological Sciences
  • German
  • History
  • History of Science
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Molecular Biology
  • Musicology
  • Music Composition
  • Near Eastern Studies
  • Neuroscience
  • Operations Research and Financial Engineering
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Plasma Physics
  • Politics
  • Population Studies
  • Psychology
  • Public and International Affairs (Woodrow Wilson School)
  • Quantitative and Computational Biology
  • Religion
  • Slavic Languages and Literatures
  • Sociology
  • Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures

Master’s Programs

Princeton’s requirements for a master’s degree vary greatly by department. Students may apply to the Graduate School for the following 14 master’s programs:

  • Architecture (Master of Architecture)
  • Chemical and Biological Engineering (Master of Engineering, Master of Science in Engineering)
  • Chemistry (Master of Science)
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering (M.Eng., M.S.E.)
  • Computer Science (M. Eng, M.S.E.)
  • Electrical Engineering (M.Eng., M.S.E.)
  • Finance (Master in Finance)
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (M.Eng., M.S.E.)
  • Near Eastern Studies (Master of Arts)
  • Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (Master in Public Affairs, Master in Public Policy)

Interdisciplinary/Interdepartmental Programs

The following are interdepartmental (and often interdisciplinary) programs in which Ph.D. work may be concentrated or in which joint degrees may be granted.

  • African American Studies
  • African Studies
  • Ancient World
  • Classical Art and Archaeology
  • Classical Philosophy
  • Demography
  • East Asian Studies
  • Environmental Engineering and Water Resources
  • Environmental Studies
  • Hellenic Studies
  • History of Science
  • Humanities
  • Italian Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Materials
  • Media and Modernity
  • Medieval Studies
  • Near Eastern Studies
  • Neuroscience
  • Plasma Physics
  • Plasma Science and Technology
  • Political Economy
  • Political Philosophy
  • Renaissance Studies
  • Science and Technology of Materials
  • Social Policy

Joint Degrees

The Graduate School offers joint degrees in the following areas (students apply to one of the appropriate Ph.D.-granting fields above):

  • demography: economics and demography; sociology and demography
  • materials science: chemistry and materials; chemical engineering and materials; civil and environmental engineering and materials; electrical engineering and materials; geosciences and materials; mechanical and aerospace engineering and materials
  • neuroscience: applied and computation mathematics and neuroscience; chemistry and neuroscience; chemical engineering and neuroscience; computer science and neuroscience; ecology, evolutionary biology and neuroscience; electrical engineering and neuroscience; molecular biology and neuroscience; philosophy and neuroscience; physics and neuroscience; psychology and neuroscience
  • humanities: interdisciplinary humanities
  • social policy: demography and social policy; politics and social policy; psychology and social policy; sociology and social policy

Dual Degrees

Princeton partners with other institutions in offering two dual degree programs. The first is the M.D./Ph.D. program with the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the Rutgers-New Brunswick Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Students in the program complete their Ph.D. work in molecular biology at Princeton. The second program is the M.P.A./J.D. program in the Woodrow Wilson School, offered in cooperation with the law schools of Columbia University, New York University, Stanford University and Yale University.

Exchange Programs

The Graduate School participates in a number of exchange programs that enable students to take courses or conduct dissertation research that cannot be done at Princeton. The programs include exchanges with U.S. institutions, as well as universities in England, France, Germany, Italy and Japan. In addition, experts from institutions around the world visit Princeton in scholarly exchanges every term.