Admission Information

Graduate Admissions: Some successful applicants enter the Department after majoring in religious studies as undergraduates, though others come from such related fields as Philosophy, History, and Asian Religions, or from a theological program. Given the relatively brief time during which students are expected to complete the degree, applicants need to show clear evidence of solid preparation before being admitted. Ample work in the foreign languages required by an applicant’s proposed course of study is especially important (as detailed below under Areas of Study). Beyond evidence of preparation and academic promise, the Department gives careful consideration to the degree of fit between an applicant’s central scholarly interests and the resources Princeton has to offer.

Inquiries: Inquiries about graduate study in religion at Princeton should be addressed to:

Pat Bogdziewicz Secretary to the Director of Graduate Studies Department of Religion
1879 Hall Princeton University
Princeton, New Jersey 08544

or email


2019-20 Application Deadline: December 31, 2018 – Application Fee: $90

For electronic application and procedures, refer to the Graduate School website. Applicants must submit a sample of written work with their application, that at least in a general way, is related to the proposed field of concentration. An application must indicate the proposed area of specialization within the department’s program. (Information about undergraduate admissions can be found on the website of the Undergraduate Admissions Office).