Princeton University

School of Engineering & Applied Science

Our doctoral program draws top students from across the United States and around the world. Most candidates enter the program directly after completing an undergraduate degree in disciplines such as electrical engineering, computer science or physics.

Prospective students should familiarize themselves with our faculty and the variety of research currently under way in this department. Strong applicants have a firm grasp of who we are and what we do.

Big Community, Small Groups

With 170 enrolled students and 31 full-time faculty, electrical engineering is the largest doctoral program at Princeton. And yet each student works closely with a faculty adviser and a small group of colleagues. Groups typically consist of a principal investigator (the adviser), a few post-doctoral researchers, and between three and 12 graduate students.

5 to 1

faculty-student ratio

Your Choice of Research


get their preferred choice

The key to success in our program lies in choosing a faculty adviser whose research interests align with your own. Nearly everyone gets their first or second choice of adviser. Some candidates find a best fit with two shared co-advisers. Others work in areas adjacent to electrical engineering, like materials or computer science, and so work with an adviser from another department.

Go Where the Work Takes You

Opportunities expand outward from the department. A variety of interdisciplinary centers provide a wealth of resources for research, education and collaboration. These centers house state of the art facilities for imaging and analysis, clean-room fabrication, high-powered computation and more. Your work will be defined by the bounds of your imagination.

Many candidates also choose to complete a graduate certificate, which bolsters coursework, enhances research and provides further credentials for a competitive job market.

Fully Funded

Students maintaining good progress will be provided with full financial support for the duration of the program. This support covers University tuition and fees and provides a stipend for living expenses. Funding is awarded through a combination of University fellowships and research- or teaching-assistant positions.


fully funded

Housing is available for all first-year graduate students. Most students are accommodated in University housing for the duration of their regular enrollment.

Progressive Plan

5 yrs

to completion

Candidates start with a balance of preliminary and advanced coursework and move progressively into a plan of research, ultimately leading to the doctoral dissertation and the awarding of the Ph.D. In your first semester you will focus solely on coursework. At the start of the second semester you will choose a faculty adviser and embark on the path to innovation.

For more details about each step in the process, contact Colleen Conrad, the Graduate Program Coordinator.

Graduate Office Contacts

Director of Graduate Studies
Prof. Naveen Verma
B226 Engineering Quadrangle
Telephone: (609) 258-1424

Graduate Program Coordinator
Colleen Conrad
B209 Engineering Quadrangle
Telephone: (609) 258-6728 Fax: (609) 258-0119

Asst to Graduate Program Coordinator
Roelie Abdi-Stoffers
B209 Engineering Quadrangle
Telephone: (609) 258-8374 Fax: (609) 258-0119

Mailing Address

Electrical Engineering Graduate Office
Princeton University
B209 Engineering Quadrangle
Princeton, NJ 08544-5263