Before beginning their studies, students take a qualifying exam, based on advanced calculus and abstract linear algebra. Students who score well on the qualifying exam move on to 7000-level classes and take two preliminary exams based on the material in these courses. After completing preliminary exams, students take further advanced courses including at least 4 courses at the 8000 level. Having chosen an area for their dissertation research, the student will undertake advanced studies in this area, leading to an advanced exam. The final two to three years are spent undertaking the research to be included in the student's independent and original PhD dissertation.
Please see the Graduate Handbook for more details concerning the requirements of the program.