The great majority of graduate students at Princeton Engineering are pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. Students seeking a Ph.D. should apply directly to the doctoral program; it is not necessary to seek a master's degree first. A limited number of openings are available to pursue Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E) and Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) degrees.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
This program trains graduate students in advanced phases of engineering science, related physical science, and mathematics. It serves as excellent preparation for careers in research, engineering development and design, and engineering education.
All six departments at Princeton Engineering offer doctoral programs and require successful performance on the general examination, an acceptable dissertation, and its successful defense in a final public oral examination. Details vary by department.
First-year fellowships are provided by the University; subsequent years are funded through some combination of research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and other funding sources. Completion of a doctorate typically requires five (5) years of study.
Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.)
This program provides advanced education in the principles of the various branches of engineering and related fields. The M.S.E. degree requires a prescribed course of study in the first year and research leading to a thesis in the second year.
The departments of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Operations Research and Financial Engineering offer M.S.E. programs.
Tuition and stipends may be available through teaching and research assistantships; see departmental websites for details.
Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)
This program offers graduate-level preparation for careers in the applied aspects of advanced technology, for interdisciplinary fields, and for engineering management careers. The course of study can normally be completed in one year.
All Princeton Engineering departments except Operations Research and Financial Engineering offer M.Eng. programs. Financial aid is available on a need-only basis.
Please note these important details about our graduate programs:
The minimum residential requirement for an advanced degree is one academic year, or the equivalent of full-time resident graduate study at Princeton University.
At Princeton it is not necessary to receive a master’s degree before obtaining a Ph.D. Students with bachelors' degrees can apply directly to the Ph.D. program if that is the highest degree sought.
A student working toward an M.Eng. or M.S.E. degree may, with the approval of the department and the dean of the Graduate School, continue study beyond the master's program and pursue the Ph.D. Students hoping to switch from a master’s degree program to a Ph.D. program must apply for the Ph.D. through the Graduate School. If admitted, students will complete the master’s degree before officially entering the doctoral program.
In the Ph.D. program, the Master of Arts (M.A.) degree is incidental and obtained upon application after passing the general examination.
Should a Ph.D. candidate’s performance raise serious doubts about the candidate’s readiness to do scholarly work, the department may rule, upon consideration of the overall record, that the student’s enrollment in the Graduate School should be ended. Eligible students may be given the opportunity to transfer to the master’s track (M.S.E. or M.Eng.), if such a track exists and if the student has not earned an incidental M.A.
See information about deadlines and requirements here.