Satisfactory Academic Progress
To establish the foundation for satisfactory academic progress, the Graduate School and academic departments expect the following from enrolled students, as evidence of their successful engagement with graduate work and for them to continue to receive their stipends and other benefits of enrollment:
Full-time Commitment. Graduate study at Princeton, at both the doctoral and master’s levels, requires full-time commitment to study and research on the part of students. The Graduate School’s financial aid structure is one, but only one, indication of that requirement: full-time, 12-month support for full-time academic effort. Our commitment to clearly stated degree program lengths (e.g., a five-year Ph.D. program in most departments) and timely completion of graduate degrees is another. (Note: Certain final, professional master's degree programs do allow for part-time study for qualified students from industry. These programs generally do not provide financial aid to their students.)
Presence: Students must be visibly present in the department and on campus, unless in absentia or on an approved leave of absence. As importantly, students must be intellectually present, that is, noticeably engaged in the normal work of their degree program—course-taking, paper-writing, research, teaching, attending colloquia, etc.
Production: Students must be producing work of good quality, at the appropriate and expected stages of their degree program, and showing the products of their study and research to the faculty for evaluation.
Communication: Students must regularly communicate with and respond in a timely manner to communications from the Graduate School and their department (e.g., graduate program administrator), director of graduate studies, adviser(s), committee members, and other faculty members as appropriate. This is a reciprocal responsibility with the faculty. Graduate students should therefore expect regular and timely communication from the faculty (DGS, seminar leaders, adviser(s), dissertation committee members) in order to maintain satisfactory academic progress.
Failure to perform according to these guidelines may result in termination of degree candidacy mid-year, deferred reenrollment, or denial of reenrollment during the spring term review.