Course Information

Transfer Credit

The Graduate School does not operate on a system of semester-hour credits. Therefore no provision exists for satisfying any portion of Graduate School degree requirements by transferring credit received for work at other institutions. Students who have completed work elsewhere, however, should be able to present themselves for the general examination in a correspondingly shorter time, after meeting the Graduate School residence requirement and any departmental requirements.

Course Requirements

Course requirements are set at the level of the department, not by the Graduate School. Graduate students are urged to confer with their DGS if they have questions regarding departmental course requirements.

Course Enrollment

Graduate students may enroll in courses at Princeton throughout the length of their regular program provided they have completed academic year sign-in and are not registered in absentia.  (Students enrolled in DCE status are not eligible to enroll in courses.) Courses are selected with guidance from the DGS or adviser(s) and are selected before the start of each term. Students enroll in courses using the TigerHub system.

Course Selection Procedure

Graduate students should meet with their DGS or designated adviser(s) before the start of the term to select courses. It is recommended that students print two copies of the course enrollment worksheet. After courses are selected, the DGS or adviser(s) signs both copies: one for the student’s records and one for the department or program office.
 

New students are encouraged to speak with their DGS before selecting fall term courses. 

Proposed Reading Courses

Proposed Reading Courses are courses that departments may offer during a specific semester to help students fulfill a particular interest or requirement toward the student’s studies.  Generally, one student or a small group of students (up to seven) may be enrolled in a course, which must first be approved by the associate dean for academic affairs.  Courses are proposed by submitting a syllabus and the Proposed Reading Course Form. Reading courses should be approved before the start of the semester in which they will be offered, but may be approved up through the sixth week of the semester in which they are offered.  Students in DCE status cannot participate.  Cross-registered students from other institutions may only participate if a Princeton graduate student is already enrolled in the course. A course may not be created solely for a cross-registered student.

Changes to Course Enrollment

Graduate students may add, drop, or change the grading basis of a course through Friday of the twelfth week of the semester. All changes may be made via the TigerHub system. Students should consult with their DGS and/or adviser(s) before making changes.

Important Dates for Course Enrollment 2014-15
September 10First day of fall courses
October 30Course offerings for spring term available on Registrar website
November-JanuaryMeetings with DGS or adviser(s) to select courses for spring term
December 2Course enrollment begins at 7 a.m.
December 12Last day for fall term course enrollment changes
February 2Start of spring term
May 1Last day for spring term course enrollment changes

Incomplete Coursework

Academic work should be completed during the academic term in which the course was taken. A grade of incomplete should only be awarded in exceptional circumstances when there are compelling reasons discussed in advance between the course head and the student.
 
According to the Graduate School’s policy on incomplete coursework, the coursework for an incomplete course must be completed within one year after beginning the course. If work is not submitted to the instructor of record within one year, the incomplete (INC) grade will be changed to an administrative F by the Graduate School.