Application Deadline: December 15, 2014

Required Application Materials:

  • Electronic application
  • Statement of Academic Purpose
  • Resume/CV
  • GREs - General and Math Subject tests  - no minimum scores required
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Transcript(s) - One transcript from every college/university from which you have earned, or expect to earn a degree, must be uploaded with your electronic application. The Graduate School does not accept mailed transcripts. The transcript you obtain does NOT have to be official.
  • English language proficiency:  TOEFL/IELTS

Program Length: 4 years.  A fifth year must be approved.

If your interest is in applied and computational mathematics, you must apply directly to the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics (PACM).

General Information

Graduate School Admissions

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, there is the Program in Applied & Computational Mathematics (PACM) as well as Operations Research & Financial Engineering (ORFE).  For more information about PACM and ORFE:


Yes; however, there is no guarantee that additional letters will be read by the admissions committee. Only three (3) letters can be uploaded into CollegeNet; therefore, any additional letters must be scanned and emailed directly to Graduate Admissions at to be uploaded into your application file.

No. The Department will review all application materials online via CollegeNet.

Generally, if your native language is not English, and you did not get your degree from a U.S. college or univerity, than you must submit either TOEFL or IELTS test scores to support your application.

Every effort must be made to meet the posted application deadline; however, it is common for transcripts and GRE test scores to arrive after the deadline. As long as all application materials are available to the Department admissions committee at the time they're making their final decision, minor delays are not a real issue. Extremely long delays, however, will force an application into "hold" status; and, there is no guarantee that the committee will give their full time and consideration to those files in this status.

Technically, no, considering that both the GRE general and subject test scores are required parts of the application. You maysubmit your application without the GRE subject score; but again, any potential offer made is contingent up receiving and approving this score. Your application will be put "on hold", and there is no guarantee that the admissions committee will still consider you for admission.

We do not have a minimal score requirement for either; however, we do recognize and encourage you to achieve the highest scores possible. We believe that while these exam scores are very important, they are only one part of the whole application being considered.

A solid background in undergraduate mathematics is expected of applicants to Princeton; more important than a specific palette of courses is testimony from your recommenders that you have the potential and preparation to be a research mathematician. The most important thing you can do is to develop a close mathematical relationship with a faculty member at your university who can speak to us knowledgeably about your qualifications and who can advise you correctly about what you need to do to make yourself a good candidate for Princeton. Some things that you may wish to consider doing include: taking some graduate courses, undertaking a senior research project or thesis, and participating in a REU or other summer math research program.

Important: All general admissions related questions should be directed to Graduate Admissions at Also, all applicant support documentation must be uploaded into CollegeNet (not sent to the Department!). If it is not, the processing of your application may be delayed.

For more information, please go to Graduate Admissions.

Jill LeClair
Graduate Administrator