AMCS ​Qualifying Exam

Numerical Linear Algebra: Spring 2011​Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Probability & Statistics: Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Probability & Random Processes: Fall 2011,Fall 2013
Numericals PDE's: Spring 2011, Spring 2012 / Spring 2012 ll

The qualifying exam consists of three written subject exams, one in each of the core courses of AM and CSE tracks:

  • exam in AMCS 213
  • exam in STAT 220 or AMCS 241
  • exam in AMCS 251.

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 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.