Graduate Bulletin

Spring 2020

Preliminary Examination

The purpose of the preliminary examination is to ascertain the breadth and depth of the student’s preparation and to appraise readiness to undertake significant original investigation.

  • At the discretion of the program, the preliminary examination may be oral, written, or both, and may consist of a series of examinations.
  • The committee is appointed by the Graduate Program Director. 
  • The preliminary examining committee must include at least two faculty members from the program and may include one or more members from outside the University or program. 
  • Results of the preliminary examination will be communicated to the student as soon as possible and to the Graduate School within one week of the completion of the examination.
  • A repetition of the preliminary examination, upon failure, may be scheduled at the discretion of the program. The dean of the Graduate School must approve a second repeat.