PhD Qualifying Exams
Timeline for Completion
Students must pass both qualifying exams by the autumn of their second year. Ordinarily first-year students take courses in algebra and real analysis throughout the year to prepare them for the exams. The exams are then taken at the beginning of Spring Quarter. A student who does not pass one or more of the exams at that time is given a second chance in autumn.
Because some students have already taken graduate courses as undergraduates, incoming graduate students are allowed to take either or both of the exams in the autumn. If they pass any of the exams, they thereby fulfill the requirement in those subjects. However, they are in no way penalized for failing either of the exams.
Unless otherwise noted, the exams will be held each year according to the following schedule:
Autumn Quarter: The exams are held during the week prior to the first week of the quarter.
Spring Quarter: The exams are held during the first week of the quarter.
Algebra: Tuesday, 9:30am-12:30pm and 2:00-5:00pm
Real Analysis: Friday, 9:30am-12:30pm and 2:00-5:00pm
For the start date of the current or future years’ quarters please see the Academic Calendar
Upcoming Exam Dates
The schedule and format of the Autumn 2021 quals will be posted here and announced over the summer.