Princeton University

School of Engineering & Applied Science

Graduate Admissions

At this time we only accept applications for the PhD Program. Here are the key dates and links regarding submitting an application:

  • The application process will open in mid-September 2017 for the academic year starting September 2018.
  • The application deadline is December 15, 2017.
  • Read about the application process.
  • When you are ready to apply, fill out and submit your application online .

The department often interviews short-listed applicants prior to making a final decision.
Admission decisions will be emailed to applicants by mid February 2018.


Graduate Student Profile



Alexandra Werth

Hello, I am currently a fourth-year graduate student at Princeton University. I attended Swarthmore College, a small liberal arts college outside of Philadelphia, where I received dual degrees in general Engineering and Physics in 2014. After graduating, I returned to my hometown of Princeton for graduate school.
Besides the proximity to my family, I found the Electrical Engineering department at Princeton University to be the perfect fit. The ELE department at Princeton waits a full semester before assigning graduate students to a group— this allows students to get to know the groups and learn more about the research without the pressure of “losing a spot”. For me, coming from a liberal arts college with no graduate students, this opportunity was especially important because it offered more time to learn about graduate life and graduate-level research. Now I am member of Professor Claire Gmachl’s group where I work on a project developing a non-invasive, mid-infrared glucose sensor for diabetes management. In the larger scheme, I am interested in developing optical sensors for environmental and medical exploratory research. After completing my graduate degree, I aim to work in industry or for a government lab.
Beyond the lab, I am passionate about science education, particularly regarding improvements in science education to increase diversity in STEM fields. I am a member of two graduate student groups, the Women in STEM Leadership Council and Princeton Citizen Scientists, where I work on improving experiences of underrepresented groups in both Princeton and the community. I also enjoy playing team sports and board games. I regularly play volleyball with graduate students at the Lakeside apartments and hosts board-game nights in my off-campus apartment.