PPIA Program

“Diversity & Leadership in Public Service”

Princeton University

The Woodrow Wilson School
of Public and International Affairs


The Woodrow Wilson School prepares graduates for careers in public service in both public policy and international affairs. Princeton University's informal motto is "In the Nation's Service and in the Service of Humanity". More than 90% of graduate students receive scholarships for tuition and stipends for living expenses. This financial aid policy enables most graduates to earn a graduate degree without incurring loan indebtedness, enhancing opportunities for early entry into careers of public service.

Degrees Offered

Two year MPA Master in Public Affairs

Four Year MPA/J.D. Master in Public Affairs and Law (3 semesters WWS, 5 semesters approved law school)

One year MPP Master in Public Policy for Mid-Career Professionals
with a minimum of seven years of public sector or nonprofit work experience

Five year Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy in Public Affairs

Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks

International Relations
International Development
Domestic Policy
Economics and Public Policy

Certificate Options:
Health and Health Policy
Science, Technology & Environmental Policy
Urban Policy

Area Studies

WWS curriculum is comparative and most courses focus on more than one regional area

Graduate Program Overview

The Woodrow Wilson School is comprised of 180 graduate students and more than 80 faculty and is known for its leadership in domestic and world affairs as well as its rigorous professional training in political, economic, and quantitative and behavioral analysis. Small classes, with an average of 15 students per course, are conducive to lively interaction and a close sense of community. 90% of our students receive financial aid, awarded as grants rather than loans. Diversity matters: in recent years 30% of admitted students have 2-3 years of work experience and 60% have 4 or more years of work experience; 20-25% are international, 35-40% are students of color, the educational backgrounds of our student body represent a wide array of academic majors and a broad representation among public and private universities, and the breadth and depth of their life and work experience add significant value to the learning environment and the formation of lifelong personal and professional friendships.

Admissions Deadline

December 1

Admissions Overview

Admission evaluations focus primarily on the demonstrated ability of students to succeed in a rigorous quantitative curriculum as well as the commitment of each candidate to a career of public service. Each application is reviewed individually and the evaluation takes into account the academic strengths as well as personal and professional accomplishments. The School's website provides detailed advice to applicants for each graduate degree program. The application deadline for all graduate degree programs at the Woodrow Wilson School is December 1. Applicants are encouraged to review the admissions requirements and advice on-line at:

Contact Information

Princeton University
Office of Graduate Admissions
222 Robertson Hall
Princeton, New Jersey
(609) 258-4836

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