A Guide for Prospective Students
This page provides basic information for prospective students in the form of answers to frequently asked questions. The answers often include links to other sections in this website, where you can find more detailed information. If you have additional questions, write us using the contact information given at the bottom of this page.
The Office of Population Research, founded in 1936, is the demographic research and graduate training center at Princeton University. Housed in Wallace Hall, a facility dedicated to the social sciences, OPR brings together faculty and students with broad interests in population. Read more.
Students at Princeton can apply to the Program in Population Studies or they can pursue a specialization in Demography as part of their doctoral studies in Economics, Sociology, or Politics. They can also obtain a joint degree in one of those fields and Demography, or a joint degree in social policy. The Joint Degree Program in Social Policy (JDP) is a collaborative effort of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the departments of Economics, Politics, Psychology, Population Studies, and Sociology. There's also a one-year Certificate in Demography. These options are described in more detail in the programs link under Training on the navigation column.
OPR associates hold faculty positions in the Departments of Economics, Sociology, and in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. The faculty entry under People on the navigation column on the left takes you to a list of all OPR associates with a brief description of their main interests. That list, in turn, has links to individual faculty member web pages, so you can learn a bit more about them.
OPR students are enrolled in the Program in Population Studies or in the Departments of Economics, Politics, and Sociology. The students entry under People on the navigation column on the left takes you to a list of all currently enrolled OPR students with a brief description of their main interests.
OPR faculty associates have broad interests that extend far beyond conventional topics in population analysis, including poverty and child wellbeing, aging and health, population and the environment, family structure, and migration and development. The projects entry under Research on the left will take you to a description of recent research projects organized by subject. This information is also available in the OPR Annual Report.
Courses in calculus and statistics are definitely recommended. In addition, we strongly recommend that all admitted students attend a three-week math camp and a concurrent demography camp prior to the start of the fall semester.
There is one application for admission to the Graduate School of Princeton University, which provides several routes for students interested in population studies. For a complete description of the process, including a link to the application form, visit our application page.
Yes, all graduate students at the Office of Population Research receive funding, which covers tuition and living expenses. Students who desire to work as teaching or research assistants are encouraged to do so. All students are required to teach as part of their departmental obligations. For more information, see our application page.
OPR students choose a variety of career paths after graduation, primarily academic positions (as postdoctoral fellows or junior faculty) or research positions in non-profit organizations, the government, or foundations. Read more.
Applicants are welcome to visit the OPR to find out more about the program, the people, and the resources. Visits may be arranged at any time by contacting the program administrator. Most students choose to visit after notification of admission in late winter/early spring, before final acceptance decisions must be made. More information is available in the application page.
Office of Population Research, Princeton University, Wallace Hall, Princeton NJ 08544
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