Mathematics PhD Qualifying and Preliminary Exams

All Mathematics PhD students must pass the following qualifying exam.

  • Mathematics based on the two-semester sequence Advanced Calculus MATH6001-6002 and the one semester course Advanced Linear Algebra MATH6003. 

All incoming PhD students are required to take the qualifying exam before the beginning of their first semester. Students who do not pass this exam are placed in the appropriate 6000 - level courses. In order to remain in the PhD program, the student must pass the qualifying exam by the beginning of the Fall Semester following their admission into the program.

Preliminary Exams

All PhD students must also pass four of the following seven preliminary exams. Exams are offered on a rotating schedule and can be attempted at most twice. Exams taken by incoming students in August do not count against this two-attempt rule. All four preliminary exams must be passed within one and a half years of completing the qualifying exam.

Note: From 2013-2018 there were five Prelim exams covering two subjects each: