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December 15, 2022, for each of our graduate programs.

No, SPIA has only one application deadline, which is December 15, 2022. Graduate programs begin each summer.

Only the STEP Ph.D. program is OPT eligible.

The Princeton University Graduate School provides fee waivers for applicants involved with designated organizations, active United States Military, or American citizens with financial hardships. International students with financial hardships are not eligible for application fee waivers.

Yes! SPIA will provide an application fee waiver for those who submit their Graduate Application for Admission by October 30, 2022.

The GRE is no longer required from applicants into the MPP and Ph.D. programs. However, it continues to serve as a requirement for the MPA program.

No. The GRE is the only exam accepted from MPA applicants.

No, SPIA does not provide GRE waivers for MPA applicants. It is a required component of the MPA Application.

No, there is no age limit for admission into SPIA’s Graduate Programs. Please note, you will need to articulate why now is the right time to begin graduate studies at Princeton as part of the application process.

All international applicants whose native language is not English must present active TOELF/IELTS scores unless you have studied at least 3 years towards a BA or Ph.D. in the United States, Canada, Ireland, Great Britain, Australia, or New Zealand. You may review the Princeton University Graduate School policy here: English Language Proficiency | Graduate School (

No, SPIA cannot waive the TOEFL/IELTS requirement for international applicants whose native language is not English.

No, SPIA does not accept Duolingo scores as an alternative to the TOEFL/IELTS.

The Princeton University Graduate School requires that all non-native speakers of English who have not earned their undergraduate degree in a U.S. college or university and who scored below a 27 on the Speaking sub-section of the TOEFL iBT or below an 8.0 on the Speaking sub-section of the IELTS have their oral English proficiency evaluated by the ELP staff. At the start of the fall term, such students will be given placement tests to evaluate their oral English proficiency by the ELP staff.

Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office with any requests to visit campus at or 609-258-4836.

Yes, you can schedule to have a virtual one-on-one with a member of our team via Calendly.

SPIA does not prescreen applicants. Instead, we suggest you review our Graduate Admissions Viewbook and current student profiles (MPA, MPP, Ph.D.) to understand the depth and diversity of applicants who have earned admission into our School.

As of March 14, 2022, masks are optional in most University spaces. However, we advise always having a mask available with you while on campus. Here are a few instances where masks are required:

  • As instructed by Global and Community Health following a positive test result for COVID-19 or when identified as a close contact;
  • When faculty and staff as conveners of a class, lab, gathering, or meeting require participants to wear a mask.

We offer weekly information sessions that highlight our graduate programs. These occur between August and November. Information sessions are offered at varying times, virtually and in-person. If interested in attending, we encourage you to Connect with Us.

SPIA is one of 42 graduate departments and programs in Princeton’s Graduate School. SPIA students have the opportunity to pursue relevant certificates and coursework across those departments and programs. Students work with the Graduate Program Office to secure the necessary approval(s) prior to enrolling in classes outside of the School. Certificate offerings can be found at Fields of Study | Graduate School (

SPIA offers generous financial support to every admitted student. All admitted students receive 100% of tuition, required fees support, and comprehensive health insurance. Additionally, the School offers a generous stipend for living expenses throughout your degree program.

No, SPIA does not accept transfer credits across any of our graduate programs.

Prospective applicants may attend a class only while visiting campus for an information session. Prior to your visit, connect with the Graduate Admissions Office for further details.

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