Graduate Program

Director of Graduate Studies: Professor Moulie Vidas

Room 232 1879 Hall (609-258-4485)

Graduate Administrator: Florian Fues

Room 149 1879 Hall (609-258-4481)

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 typically 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.

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The Departments of Religion and Philosophy are collaborating to offer a “Joint Ph.D. in Philosophy and Religion” on an ad hoc basis.  Candidates for the joint degree must be admitted to one department but must also have the full support for pursuing the joint degree from the other department.  They must also be approved by a faculty committee of the Graduate School to pursue the joint degree once enrolled.  Although subject to change, the joint degree requirements have been approved by both departments and are available on request.  A joint degree will allow students to apply to jobs and fellowships in both disciplines. Interested prospective students should choose a home department and apply to it, but also inform the Director of Graduate Studies of that department at the time of application that they are interested in pursuing the Joint Ph.D. in Philosophy and Religion.  Students who are already enrolled in one of the two departments may also be able to apply for the ad hoc Joint Ph.D., but typically by no later than the end of their third semester.