Qualifying Exam

PhD Qualifying Exam

All Ph.D. candidates are expected to take the PhD Qualifying exam to demonstrate and establish satisfactory academic and scholastic preparation. A graduate student can take the Qualifying exam no more than twice in his/her Ph.D. program.

The qualifying exam must be attempted within one year of admission, unless otherwise determined by the academic adviser and the Director of Graduate Program. The exam is conducted twice a year: In January and in August, the week before the first day of the Spring or Fall semesters.

Four weeks before the Qualifying Exam, students are required to sign up for their major emphasis (three major core courses). For the test, students are required to complete all questions from the three major core courses.

ECE major core courses for different research emphases

All ECE major core courses