Frequently Asked Questions for Graduate Applicants

Can I start in the spring term?

No, admission to Princeton is for fall only. The application portal opens starting in September of each year for admission in fall of the next year.

Can I transfer credits from another school to Princeton toward receipt of my Ph.D.?

No. All work for the Ph.D. must be done as a Princeton student. 

Do I have to have a master's degree to apply to the Ph.D. program?

No. Most of our applicants come directly from a bachelor's degree program.

If I apply for the Ph.D. program and am not accepted, will you still consider me for the master's 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 one degree at a time.

Does my undergraduate degree have to be in Mechanical Engineering?

No. However, most of our applicants have a degree in engineering, science, or mathematics.

What materials do I need to submit with my application?

All materials should be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Please do not send anything directly to the department. 

Can the application fee be waived?

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.