Graduate Admissions 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, African American Studies, and Asian Studies, 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 in the information on the department’s Academic Fields). 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.


The requirements for the application to the Ph.D. program in the Department of Religion are:

Please note that the Department of Religion does not accept the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) as part of the application.


General admissions information and application procedures can be found on the Graduate School’s website.

Please consult the Graduate School’s Office of Access, Diversity, and Inclusion for information about the Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Initiative.

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

Florian Fues
Department of Religion Graduate Administrator
1879 Hall
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08544