Most Frequently Asked Questions

What are your application deadlines for admissions?

December 31- Deadline applies to all applicants for the receipt of application and all supporting material.

Is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) required?

Yes, the GRE is required.

The date for mailing the TOEFL and/or the GRE scores is after the deadline for receiving application material(s) which is always during the first week of January. Is this a problem?

This is not a problem IF the test is taken and results are made available to Princeton University during the Admission process. When you take your TOEFL and GRE test you must state, on the form, that your test scores may be given to Princeton University. The GRE and TOEFL Code for Princeton University is: 2672. If you need further information about this, please feel free to call the Graduate Admission Office at: (609) 258-3034.

Must I submit a writing sample?

Yes. We require that a paper representative of your best work (preferably under 25 pages) be submitted with the admissions application.

Can credits for graduate work or an M.A. degree taken elsewhere be applied toward the fulfillment of the Ph.D. requirements at Princeton?

No. We do not use the credit system. Since we do not count our own credits, we do not count credits obtained at other institutions. However, students who have obtained an M.A. elsewhere may, in some cases, move through the Ph.D. program at a faster pace (4 years as opposed to 5) than the one recommended for students who have only the B.A. degree. Please note that there is no reduction of the required course work.

Are GRE scores more important than other aspects of the application? What are the things that faculty look for in an applicant?

 Among other things, we shall be looking for evidence that you have already directed some time and effort to Near Eastern Studies at the undergraduate level. We also need to see that you have demonstrated the linguistic ability needed to acquire a Near Eastern Language. If you have already begun to study one, so much the better. Every application is reviewed with care. As part of the admission process, we invite all short-listed applicants to visit Princeton for a weekend in February, for interviews with faculty, seminars in which the applicants give brief presentations on some research topic of interest to them, and meetings with current graduate students. The visit affords an opportunity for better acquaintance, and may therefore be to the candidate's advantage. It is not, however, a necessary condition of admission. We offer partial reimbursement of travel expenses, and provide meals and accommodation with current graduate students.

What are the chances of remaining at Princeton for the five years?

We make every effort to provide support for students needing it. This support takes the form of fellowships and stipends for teaching assistantship. Students in good standing can expect this support to be provided for their five years of graduate studies.