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Qualifying Exam

A student becomes a Ph.D. candidate after successfully completing six quarters of course work and the Qualifying Examination. This is the last examination before a student begins dissertation research. This examination serves at least two purposes:

  1. To acquaint faculty members with the research potential and interests of the student, and the student with the research interests of faculty members.
  2. To determine whether the student can read and assimilate advanced material in a specialized field.
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