Standard Requirements for All Advanced Degree Candidates
Administrative Standing Requirement
The Graduate school is a community of scholars engaged in ongoing research, discussion, and scholarly exchange. Accordingly, except as approved by their departments and the Graduate School, candidates for advanced degrees are expected to be present on campus a majority of days per week for the academic term or year in order to use University resources to fulfill degree requirements and objectives. All candidates for the advanced degree must spend at least one year in residence in Princeton or the vicinity. Ph.D. candidates must be in residence for at least one academic year before standing for the general examination.
Full-time Study Requirement
Except for certain final, professional master’s degree programs that allow qualified students to study on a part-time basis, graduate study at Princeton is a full-time commitment. Graduate students are expected to pursue degree-related work and make use of University resources throughout the year, including the summer months.
language(s), and exercises or preliminary exams. Students should address inquiries about departmental requirements to the appropriate director of graduate studies (DGS). Subject to departmental rules, Ph.D. students who have not fulfilled program requirements ordinarily will not be admitted to the third year (fifth term) of enrollment and may not sustain the general examination.