Graduate Program

    The Graduate Program

    Director of Graduate Studies: Professor Wallace Best
    Room 131 1879 Hall (258-0057)

    Graduate Administrator: Pat Bogdziewicz
    Room 149 1879 Hall (258-4481)



    Graduate Overview

    Princeton University pioneered in developing the study of religion outside the context of theological seminaries and without formal ties to particular religious traditions. In 1946 Princeton founded a Department of Religion in the division of the humanities and nine years later began a graduate program in religion.

    Graduate students in the Department are expected to work full-time toward their degrees, normally in residence, and to complete the program within five years. All students work toward the Ph.D., and there is no separate Masters Program. An M.A. degree is awarded after students pass the General Examination, normally completed by the middle of the third year of graduate work.

    In any academic year approximately thirty-five candidates will be at different stages in the program. Five to eight students enter each year, admitted from a very large number of qualified applicants.

Graduate News


2013 Danforth Lecture

  • featuring Robert Wuthnow
    Princeton University
    Title: "Polls, Surveys, and the Shaping of American Religion"
    Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
    Time: 4:30 PM
    Location: Betts Auditorium School of Architecture