Normally, at the end of their first year, the student will form a Qualifying Examination Committee consisting of at least three faculty members (one of whom may be from outside the department). After completing the qualifying examination in the fall of the third year, students will form a Dissertation Prospectus Committee. Students may choose to keep the same members from their Qualifying Examination Committee or choose new members.
The Qualifying Examination has four parts, including three sets of written documents and an oral examination. Each of these is discussed in more detail below.
- Reading Lists
- Qualifying Examination Essays
- Research Plan Overview
- Qualifying Examination Oral Defense