Qualifying Examination

A doctoral student will be required to successfully pass a qualifying examination. The qualifying examination consists of a research proposal, written and oral examinations on the student’s area of research. The doctoral student must take a qualifying examination by the time he or she has completed 36 semester hours of coursework. The qualifying examination will be prepared and administered by the Graduate Program Administrator and the student’s Doctoral Advisory Committee.

The student must pass either unconditionally or conditionally. A conditional pass indicates specific weaknesses in the student’s background that must be remedied before degree requirements are completed. All remedies should be completed within a year after the first attempt at passing the Qualifying examination. Two consecutive failures on the examination will result in the student’s dismissal from the Ph.D. program. The Graduate Program Administrator will recommend the doctoral students who pass the qualifying examinations to the Dean of the College of Engineering for admission to candidacy.