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The Department of Economics is home to over 50 faculty members and approximately 140 enrolled graduate students. The department hosts weekly seminars with academics from around the world in a wide range of subfields within economics including behavioral economics, international economics, industrial relations, industrial organization, microeconomic theory, macroeconomics, finance, econometrics, development, political economy, and more. Graduate students are an integral part of these seminars and are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Members of the faculty interact with graduate students at weekly student workshops and seminars and are readily available to meet with students outside of class.
The Economics Department is located in the Julis Romo Rabinowitz (JRR) Building on Washington Road, which was dedicated in spring 2017. Post-generals graduate students are all provided office space in JRR. First- and second-year students have group offices with 12 unassigned desks in each. Prospective students can take a virtual tour of campus .
Please note: The Economics Department at Princeton does not offer a Master’s Degree. Students looking for information about the Master in Finance can learn more on the Princeton Bendheim Center for Finance website .
All applications are processed by the Graduate Admissions Office. The application for graduate admission is available here . The deadline to submit an application is December 15.
Admission decisions will be made in early March and students will be notified of the decision via email. Those students who are offered admission will be invited to visit the department for an admitted student visiting day.
Please visit the Graduate Admissions Office website for all admissions requirements. Information about the GRE and English language testing requirements can be found here .
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Prospective students can contact the Graduate Admissions Office with questions via email or by calling 609-258-3034. When sending emails to the Graduate Admissions Office, please do not send the same email to multiple Princeton email addresses. This will only cause a delay in response time.
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Frequently Asked Questions for Graduate Applicants
Do i need to submit a pre-application do you pre-screen applicants, can i start in the spring term, can i attend part-time, evenings, weekends, or summers, can i transfer credits from another school to princeton toward receipt of my ph.d., do i have to have a master's degree to apply to the ph.d. program, if i apply for the ph.d. program and am not accepted, will you still consider me for the master's program, does my undergraduate degree have to be in computer science, what materials are required with my application, i applied last year and was not accepted. i want to reapply. what do i need to do, where should my application materials be submitted, can the application fee be waived, will you still review my application if i do not pay the fee, i haven't finished my degree yet. what transcript should i submit what about gpa, what about midyear grades, what should be in the personal statement.
- Is the GRE general exam required?
What is the Institution Code for Princeton? Do I need to use a department code? What if I put a department code - will you still get my scores?
Must i submit toefl or ielts.
- What TOEFL should I take?
- I already took the CBT. Do I have to take the iBT too?
What is the minimum score for TOEFL? for IELTS?
Is there an english language requirement, what about financial aid, how will i know if all my application materials haven been received, when does application review begin, when will i know your decision, who can i contact if i have specific questions.
- Do you require official transcripts?
No, you do not need to submit a pre-application. We do not pre-screen or pre-evaluate applicants.
No, admission to Princeton is for fall only. Application materials are available starting in September of each year for admission in fall of the next year.
The Ph.D. program is full-time only. Princeton does not offer evening, weekend, or summer courses.
No. All work for the Ph.D. must be done as a Princeton student. Work done previously at another institution may help you complete our program faster, but you will not be given credit for work done prior to your admission to Princeton.
No. Most of our applicants come directly from a bachelor's degree program.
No. We will only consider you for the degree track to which you have applied. Princeton allows applicants to apply to only one department and for only one degree at a time.
No. Normally, however, our applicants have a degree in computer science, engineering, science, or mathematics.
We require transcripts, TOEFL or IELTS (international students only), and three letters of recommendation. In addition, each candidate is asked to write a personal statement of interest as part of the application packet. Please complete all sections of the application. The institution code for TOEFL is 2672. No department code is required. NOTE: It is important that all materials reach us by the application deadline in order for your application to receive full consideration. The only exception is computer-based test scores for tests taken in early December. Late or missing materials will seriously hurt your chance for admission. It is your responsibility to see that we receive all materials on time.
Applicants who applied the previous year may reapply the following year. However you must complete a new application. On the first page of the application you will be asked if you have applied before. In addition, you must submit transcripts of any academic work accomplished since the date of the last application, register three recommenders, and a revised personal statement. All materials, including the application fee, are due by the application deadline.
All materials should be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Please do not send anything directly to the department.
Fee waivers based on financial hardship are available for U.S. citizens or permanent residents or for anyone that has participated in one of the programs listed on this website .
Applications cannot be submitted without payment.
Your current transcript should be submitted with your application. If you are admitted to Princeton, you will be required to submit a final transcript and proof of receipt of degree before you can register in the Fall. If your school calculates GPA on other than a 4.0 scale, include a statement of GPA with your application.
Students are able to upload their midyear grades to their applications at any time through their submitted application checklist.
The statement should not exceed 1,000 words and should describe your academic and career plans as they relate to the department, and specifically to the area(s) of computer science you are interested in studying.
Is the GRE general exam required?
We are no longer either requiring or accepting GRE general exam scores.
The Institution Code is 2672. We do not require a department code. If you enter one we will still receive your scores.
The following applicants are not required to submit English language test scores: Applicants whose primary language is English. Primary language is defined as the language that someone communicates in most frequently and in most situations when speaking, reading, and writing. Applicants whose undergraduate instruction is entirely in English as certified by the institution and for whom the degree will be awarded prior to anticipated enrollment at Princeton. Applicants whose graduate study was on a full-time basis for at least one year where instruction is entirely in English as certified by the institution. All other applicants must submit valid TOEFL, IELTS or DET scores. More information can be found here
Ph.D. applicants: The Graduate School has not set a recommended minimum score on the iBT. However, the following information may be useful. Over the last two admission seasons the average iBT TOEFL combined score for admitted students was 108, with the following average sub-scores: Listening 28, Reading 29, Speaking 24, and Writing 27. Furthermore, data from the University's English Language Program indicates that of newly enrolling internationals students, those who score below 20 on the Speaking subsection of iBT TOEFL are virtually certain to have to take an English language course during their first year of graduate study to bring their spoken proficiency up to a minimum standard. Students choosing to submit IELTS must take the Academic Test version.
Masters applicants: Masters applicants who are required to take the TOEFL must score a minimum of 28 on the spoken part of the TOEFL in order to be considered for the program. The IELTS equivalent to the TOEFL is an 8 on the speaking sub-section.
Yes. All non-native English speakers applying to the PhD program who score less than 27 on the Speaking Section of the TOEFL or 8 on the IELTS must pass Princeton's Oral Proficiency Test (POPT). The SPEAK test is given at the beginning of the first year. Students who do not pass this must take additional English classes and retake the POPT. Students who do not pass the POPT by the end of year 1 will not be readmitted for a second year of graduate study.
Masters applicants: Masters applicants who are required to take the TOEFL must score a minimum of 28 on the spoken part of the TOEFL in order to be considered for the program. The IELTS equivalent to the TOEFL is an 8 on the speaking sub-section.
All Ph.D. candidates are considered for university financial awards. These awards generally consist of tuition and health fee plus a monthly stipend for the 10 month academic year. We also encourage applicants to apply for any fellowships for which they are eligible, i.e., NSF, NDSEG, or comparable international fellowships. Summer support is determined separately. Financial support for students is reviewed each year. Master's candidates are normally offered financial aid via teaching assistantships (if available). Non-native English speakers must pass the University's English screening exam before they can be offered a teaching assistantship.
Applicants who use the online application will be able to use "track your status" to see what materials have been received. We are unable to track materials for applicants who print out the application and send it in.
All applications are first processed by the Office of Graduate Admissions. The department will receive all files together in mid-January.
We make our final decisions in mid-February. Admits will be notified by email from the department by the end of February. All other applicants will be notified by the Graduate School by mid-March.
First contact our graduate coordinator. She can be reached by email at: [email protected].
Do you require official transcripts?
At the time of application, transcripts do not need to be official. Only if you are offered admission and accept our offer will you be required to submit official final transcripts . For more information, please visit https://gradschool.princeton.edu/transcripts .
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Please refer to Applying to Princeton for the authoritative requirements for admission to all graduate programs at Princeton University, including the Department of Chemistry.
Specific requirements for application to the Department of Chemistry may be found on the Chemistry Field of Study page.
Ultimately, all prospective graduate student must apply through the university’s Online Graduate School Application .
Upon receiving applications from the Graduate School, the Department of Chemistry’s Admissions Review Committee reviews each application in a holistic fashion, considering all aspects of the application file including prior research and coursework, letters of recommendation and standardized test scores.
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The submission of GRE general test scores is strongly recommended but not required. There are no minimum test score requirements for admission. If submitted, the standardized scores are reviewed as part of the applicant’s portfolio by the faculty review committee.
Please note that some November GRE test results might not be officially submitted by ETS until after the December 1 deadline. You may self-report the test results to our graduate program manager, Patti Wallack , by email as soon as you have them. The November results are usually received by the Graduate School by mid-December allowing sufficient time for the official report to be confirmed by the admissions committee.
The application fee is established and managed by the Graduate School. The department cannot grant a fee waiver. More information on fee waivers.
All students receive full financial support for the length of their course of study funded through fellowship, teaching and advisor support. This support is not a loan and does not require repayment. Students are provided tuition, health insurance and a stipend for housing and living expenses. More information about financial support, policies and rates.
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Admissions decisions are shared by February 1st . Official campus visits for accepted students are held in February and March. An invitation to attend one of our Visiting Weekends will be sent to all accepted students.
Graduate Program Who’s Who:
Patti Wallack Educational Programs Manager [email protected]
Contact Patti for all graduate program and admissions questions.
Susan VanderKam Manager of Diversity Initiatives [email protected]
You may have already met Susan at a conference. Contact Susan for questions about diversity initiatives and resources.
Erik Sorensen Arthur Allan Patchett Professor in Organic Chemistry, Professor of Chemistry Director of Graduate Studies
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