Senior Thesis

Thesis Day

The due date for the WWS senior thesis has been extended until Monday, April 27, 2020. The latest information and updates regarding the University's response to the coronavirus/COVID-19 can be found on Princeton's COVID-19 website.

Here is some important information regarding the submission of your senior thesis.


1. Deadline:  We have decided to extend the Senior Thesis deadline to Monday, April 27, 4:30pm. Unless the university amends the university-wide defense date and grade submission deadlines, we cannot extend ours any further. Faculty need time to read, review, and return comments so you can prepare your oral defense, and our office needs time to schedule, distribute, and process. Note: You should be using the additional week to edit your thesis. Any work in the library, consultation with librarians, and meetings with advisors should be completed long before the week your thesis is due. In other words, I strongly caution you not to view this additional week and the presumptive physical access to the library it will buy you as necessarily helpful to the process of completing your Senior Thesis. If you can, use the time you have remaining on campus this week to access the materials you expect you’ll need.


2. Submission: You will submit your Senior Thesis electronically, a policy that we established last year and that was well received by students. We no longer ask for a bound copy of the thesis. Those who wish to bind their thesis can do so for their own personal use. Theses that include graphs and/or charts should be in color.


An electronic copy must be submitted to the WWS Undergraduate Program Office, to Georgette Harrison ( by the 4:30 p.m. deadline. 
Upload a PDF of your thesis, for archiving at MUDD Library, via a centralized University Senior Thesis Submission site  (opens March 25th).


You can find the guide to Independent work as well as past prize-winning theses here:

3. Library: Inquiries regarding accessing library resources remotely should be addressed to the Stokes librarians Elana Broch ( and Ofira Schwartz (, who are available and very willing to provide as much assistance as you need. Steve Frakt, our writing instructor, also is available for remote/virtual consultation (


The following is information on accessing library resources while off-campus: and  Article Express 

4. Stress: We realize this can be a stressful time for students so just remember you can access Virtual CPS Counseling sessions. For questions, call CPS (609)258-3141.


If you have any questions regarding the above information please do not hesitate to reach out to Monical Ruscil and Paul Lipton in the Undergraduate Program Office.  

Each student must complete a senior thesis that addresses a specific policy question and draws out policy implications or offers policy recommendations.

The Woodrow Wilson School awards several scholarships each year to students from any department for travel and living expenses related to senior thesis research in public policy.

Students can apply for Wilson School senior thesis research funding by accessing the online application in the Student Activities Funding Engine (SAFE)

Guide to Junior and Senior Independent Work

The University’s requirement for a senior comprehensive examination is satisfied in the WWS by an oral defense of the thesis. Students offer a prepared response to written evaluations of the thesis from their thesis adviser and a second reader, followed by a question-and-answer period.

The Senior Thesis Catalog is a catalog of theses written by seniors at Princeton University from 1926 to 2010 and are available at the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, 65 Olden Street, Princeton, NJ 08544: phone 609-258-6345; fax 609-258-3385; or send e-mail to to locate a thesis of interest.