Residence Requirements

Summary of Policy

Candidates in certain programs must be in residence for a specific amount of time while pursuing a degree at Dartmouth College.

Affected Parties

Students Under the Guarini School Programs

Policy Statement

This policy affects students enrolled in residential programs in the Guarini School of Graduate & Advanced Studies.

Candidates for the Master's degree must normally spend at least three terms (one academic year) in residence at Dartmouth; for Ph.D. candidates the requirement is normally six terms (two academic years). However, to prevent unduly prolonged residence, it is expected that the requirements for the Ph.D. degree will be completed no later than seven years after initial enrollment, unless the student enters with a Masters Degree in his or her field of proposed study, in which case the student is expected to complete the doctorate in five years.


Failure to complete the work in the time periods specified or failure to meet the academic standards of the student's graduate program shall necessitate reevaluation of the student's progress and may result in a notice of termination.


Effective Date

July 1, 2015

Last Revised Date

August 19, 2021

Office of Primary Responsibility