Princeton University

School of Engineering & Applied Science

Graduate Program

The department offers doctoral studies in a wide range of areas ranging from applied mathematics, circuits and computers to applied physics. Please see the video below for a quick overview. More detailed information on the research themes and application domains is available under the "Research" tab above and on faculty websites.

Program Statistics

  • Approximately 170 enrolled Ph.D. students
  • Approximately 40 postdoctoral research associates
  • 33 department faculty members
  • 8 faculty are members of the National Academies
  • 19 faculty Fellows of Professional Societies

Program Description

Our doctoral program draws students from all over the world with most candidates entering the program directly after completing an undergraduate degree in disciplines such as electrical engineering, computer science or physics.  Although our doctoral program is the largest at Princeton its scale still allows students to receive personal attention and extensive faculty interaction.

New graduate students spend the first semester on course work and typically select a thesis research advisor at the start of the spring semester, based on a match of research interests. The program combines a balance of preliminary and advanced course work (400/500 numbered courses) and innovative research leading to a doctoral dissertation and award of the Ph.D. degree. Candidates earn a Masters of Arts degree en-route to the Ph.D. degree.  The nominal length of the program is five years. Students maintaining good progress will be provided with full financial support during the duration of the program. This support covers university tuition and fees, and provides a stipend for living expenses. It is awarded through a combination of university fellowships and research/teaching assistantship positions. Housing is available for all first year graduate students and most students are accommodated in university housing for the duration of their regular enrollment. Many additional details about the program can be found in the Graduate Student Handbook.

Research in the department is collaborative and interdisciplinary. The current main themes of research span areas from applied physics, devices, advanced circuits, and high-performance computing to security, information theory, and artificial intelligence. Details on those research themes and various application domains can be found under the Research link above and on faculty and research group websites. There are also a variety of interdisciplinary research centers at Princeton that enhance and broaden educational and research opportunities. Examples are listed under the Research link above.

Recent Graduate Student Awards

  • Christopher Brinton: 2016 Bede Liu Best Dissertation Award
  • Prashanth Venkataram: 2016 Early Career PhD Award
  • Jingbo Liu: 2016 Wallace Memorial Honorific Fellowship
  • Neereja Sundaresan: 2016 Proctor Ogden Jacobus Honorific Fellowship
  • Po-Hsuan Cameron Chen: 2016 Google Fellowship
  • Akil Word-Daniels: 2016 Graduate School Teaching Award
  • Changchang Liu: 2016 IBM PhD Fellowship Award
  • Xue Wu: IEEE MTT-S Graduate Fellowship
  • Jen-Tang Lu:  Top prize at Princeton Innovation Forum

Princeton University and the Town of Princeton

Princeton University is the fourth oldest university in the United States and its campus is regarded as one of the most beautiful in the country. The University is located in the center of the historic town of Princeton, New Jersey, one hour south of New York City and one hour north of Philadelphia. The town of Princeton is a beautiful, safe and vibrant community with many shops, restaurants, a movie theatre and other facilities located adjacent to the campus. There is a train service between the campus and Newark Airport and New York City and a train service between the campus and Philadelphia.


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