Doctoral Degree: Qualifying Exam

  • PhD students must complete a qualifying exam consisting of an original research project.
    • It is expected that the written component of the qualifying exam will be of publishable quality.
  • Students must form a supervisory committee for this qualifying exam at the beginning of their third year, at the latest, in the doctoral program.
  • Soon after forming the qualifying exam committee, the student must develop a proposal for the qualifying exam.
    • This proposal must be approved by the entire qualifying exam committee before the student progresses with the written exam.
  • We strongly encourage students to work with their committee to complete the written exam and oral defense before the end of the 13th week of the spring semester of their third year in the PhD program.
  • An oral defense, open to all faculty members, is required.
  • The written exam and the oral defense will be evaluated as a combined effort