Good Standing in the Program
To advance to degree and retain funding during the course of their career at Duke, students must remain in good standing. In practical terms, this requires:
• Students to obtain and maintain a GPA of B or higher throughout their coursework. Those students failing to meet this criterion will be automatically put under probation by the DGS.
• Succesfully passing the Qualifying examinations at the end of the 2nd year.
• Successfully passing the Preliminary Examination at the end of the fall semester in the 3rd
• Succesfully defending their dissertation prospectus at the end of the spring semester in the 3rd year.
• Submitting a revised version of the prelim paper at the end of the fall semester in the fourth year. If you fail to do so, you will be placed on probation. If you subsequently fail to submit the paper by the start of the spring in your fourth year, you face loss of funding. If you fail
to submit the paper by the end of the spring in your fourth year, you face termination from the graduate program
• Providing evidence of progress towards the completion of the dissertation at the End of the Year Conference (late Spring) in years 4 and 5.
Failure to meet prospectus deadline as cause for separation from the program
Unless the DGS grants an exception due to extraordinary circumstances, such as a medical or family emergency, the need to master a dif cult language, or the need to complete an M.A. in another field, if a student does not successfully defend his or her prospectus by June 30 in the third year, the DGS will notify the Graduate School that the student is not making satisfactory progress toward completion of his or her degree, and will recommend that all financial aid to the student be halted, with the exception of the payment by the Graduate School of insurance premiums for the student for Duke Health Insurance. Students granted an extraordinary exemption should be aware that they will not receive an extension in their five years of committed funding. The administration of the halting in financial aid will take place in accord with Graduate School rules. If the student subsequently, and by June 30 of the fourth year, successfully defends his or her prospectus, that student may ask the DGS to certify that he or she is making satisfactory progress toward completion of the degree, and after confirming that the defense of the prospectus was successful the DGS will ask the Graduate School to recommence the disbursement of financial support to the student beginning the first month of the next regular semester (that is, either September or January). If the student does not successfully defend his or her prospectus by June 30 in the fourth year, then, unless the DGS grants an exception due to extraordinary circumstances, such as a medical or family emergency, the DGS will notify the Graduate School that the student is not making satisfactory progress toward completion of his or her degree, and will recommend to the Graduate School that the student be separated from the graduate program.