The examination is administered by a panel of three faculty members, selected by the student and major advisor but not including the student’s major advisor. The exam comprises:
- a written critical review of current literature on a research topic selected by the student under the guidance of his/her major advisor and approved by the administering faculty, and
- a presentation on the approved topic including an oral examination covering the topic and related fundamental knowledge.
A student must take the qualifying examination within twelve months of entering the Ph.D. program. A second and final attempt is allowed within 24 months of entering the Ph.D. program. Attendance of the examination is limited to the student and the administering faculty.
The graduate committee advises that the written report is no more than 10 pages, which should be submitted to the examination committee at least one week prior to the oral examination, and the oral examination is one hour long, including student presentation and Q&A.
Upon completion of the examination, the panel faculty must fill out the Pass/Fail Form. The student should print this form and bring it to the examination.
Complete the form below to register for the Ph.D. Qualifying Examination. The form must be completed at least one month prior to the intended date of the examination. After submitting this form, you and your indicated committee members will receive an e-mail to confirm the information and establish a date and location for the exam.
Questions should be directed to: