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 Selection Procedure
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
Normally graduate students may make changes to their course enrollment record through Friday of the twelfth week of the semester. Such changes include dropping a course and changing the grading basis of a course (for example, from graded to pass/fail or audit). All allowed changes may be made via the TigerHub system up until the deadline for that semester. Students should consult with their DGS and/or adviser(s) before making any changes.
Graduate students may also, with appropriate permissions, be approved to enroll in a course on a grading basis not otherwise allowed by the instructor and therefore not available as a choice in the TigerHub course enrollment system. This occurs most commonly when graduate students are approved by their adviser to take a graduate-level course outside their department and need the approved course to be graded in a way that satisfies requirements within their program. Such changes require the permission of a student's DGS as well as the instructor for the course; these permissions are indicated by signatures on a form provided by and returned to the Office of the Registrar. Such changes must be requested in person in the Office of the Registrar, according to the normal deadline for changes to course enrollment.
The Woodrow Wilson School sets its own deadlines for graduate students to make changes to their course enrollment record; graduate students in the Woodrow Wilson School should consult with administrators there for guidance on their deadlines and processes for changes.