The qualifying exam is an oral two-hour examination covering two topics from the list of seven. It is given by a committee consisting of two members of the graduate faculty (one for each topic). The oral qualifying exam must be passed before the beginning of the spring semester of the second year of study.
Identify the two faculty members that you would like on your committee; confirm your selections with the DGS; then invite the two faculty members to sit on your Qualifying Committee.
- Discuss the exam syllabus with each committee member.
- Let the DGS Assistant know that you are preparing to take the Qualifying Exam.
- Schedule the date, time and location of the exam with your committee. (It is recommended that you do this at least two months before the exam.) Give the DGS Assistant this information AT LEAST ONE WEEK before the exam date.
- A day or two before the scheduled exam, email your committee members a reminder of the date, time and location (cc-ing firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com).
The exam may be taken only twice. The possible outcomes are: pass at PhD level; pass at Master's level; fail.