The qualifying exam consists of three (3) written subject
exams, one (1) in each of the core courses of AM, CSE, or
ST marked with an asterisk in the core curriculum above.
It is given twice per year: during the final exams of the Fall
semester and immediately after the final exams of the
Spring semester. The Fall semester qualifying exam is the
final exam of each of the above mentione (1)d courses
given during the Fall semester. The Spring semester exam
is a three (3)-hour exam per subject prepared by the
faculty representative. The exams are given over the
course of two (2) days in both Spring and Fall.
Students are encouraged to take all three (3) qualifiers in
their first semester of the Ph.D.. program. Students have
two (2) chances to take each exam and can pass them in
any combination. They are required to pass all three (3)
qualifying exams within one (1) year. No extension is
given except under extenuating circumstances.
Students in the CSE track can replace one (1) of the
qualifying exams by a CSE related qualifying exam in
another academic program following the rules of that
program. The one (1)-year restriction to fulfill the
requirement still applies in this case.
Students of the ST track have to pass all three (3)
qualifying exams in the same seating. If a ST student at
the end of the first year of Ph.D. has only passed 2 out of
3 qualifiers then the case is reviewed by the Qualifying
Exam Committee and it is decided if the student can
proceed with the Ph.D. For more details related to the
Ph.D. qualifying exam, contact the AMCS Program Coordinator.
Students entering the program with a B.S. degree must pass the exam within two years after being admitted. Students entering the program with an M.S. degree from another institution must pass the exam within one year after being admitted.