Admissions

JDP Admissions

Students in the Joint Degree Program must first be admitted by their home (disciplinary) department as well as the multidisciplinary social policy faculty. Only those who are admitted by both committees will be eligible to participate in the program, insuring complete integration of the students into their disciplinary departments as well as the social policy community. The application process, outlined below, differs based on the students’ home departments.

Politics
Admissions

Students interested in the joint degree in politics and social policy may only apply to the program after their first or second year of graduate study. Students must complete the internal application for admission by March 1. Acceptance into the program does not release the student from precept responsibilities.

Population Studies

AdmissionsStudents interested in the joint degree in Demography and Social Policy should apply as incoming first year graduate students. Online applications are available at the Princeton Graduate School website and are due by Dec. 1. Under the “Areas of Interest” portion of the application, prospective JDP students should select “Population Studies” and "Social Policy." Acceptance into the program does not release the student from precept responsibilities.

Psychology

AdmissionsStudents interested in the joint degree in psychology and social policy may apply to the program in their second or third year of graduate school by completing the internal application for admission by March 1.

Sociology

AdmissionsStudents interested in the joint degree in sociology and social policy have the option of applying to the JDP at the time of their initial application to the Princeton Graduate School or transferring into the program after their first or second year of graduate study. Online applications are available at the Princeton Graduate School website and are due by Dec. 15. To apply at the outset, students should select both “Sociology” and “Social Policy” under the “Areas of Interest” portion of the application. To transfer into the program after the first or second year, students should complete the internal application for admission by March 1. Acceptance into the program does not release the student from precept responsibilities.

Economics Fellowship

AdmissionsStudents admitted to the economics department may apply for a fellowship in social policy, which does not lead to a degree but provides full membership in the JDP community. Typically, students in economics enter the program in their third or fourth year. To apply, complete the online fellowship application. Acceptance into the program does not release the student from precept responsibilities.

Financial Support and Benefits

JDP students (across the four participating departments) receive funding equivalent to that provided by their home departments, consisting of tuition plus a regular stipend which is adjusted annually by the Graduate School. 

For details about the application process for Economics, Politics, Psychology, Sociology and Population Studies, refer to the appropriate department. You can also visit the Princeton Graduate School website for more information about the application process.