Qualifying Exam Info

**Qualifying Examinations**

The qualifying exams for each track are based largely on the M.S. course requirements
for each track. Thus, in the first three semesters, the bulk of a doctoral student's
coursework is what an M.S. students in that track would take. The qualifying exams
are given in two parts. The first part, called the Common Exam, has a two-hour section
on undergraduate linear algebra and advanced calculus that all students must take.
The third hour is, depending on a student's track, either a test of probability or
a test of analysis and more advanced linear algebra. The Common Exam is normally taken
after one semester. The second part of the exam is specific to each track. Some tracks
have a take-home component to the test. For details of the courses on which qualifying
exams are based and for copies of past exams, go to
Quals Website.

The qualifying exams are given twice each year, in late January and in late May. Students
have two chances to pass the exams. Students who fail to pass the exams are required
to withdraw the doctoral program. Typically, these students leave with an M.S. degree.
Doctoral students are expected to pass the Common Exam by the end of the first year
and the Area Exam by the end of the second year.