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Mathematics Department

Graduate Program

Eberly College of Science Mathematics Department

Oral Comprehensive Exams

Doctoral students must pass their comprehensive examination by the end of their sixth semester.

The comprehensive examination is scheduled by the Graduate School after the student has passed three qualifying examinations, has been admitted to candidacy, and agreed on a thesis adviser and a research program.

A doctoral committee chaired by the thesis advisor determines whether the proposed problem is acceptable for the thesis. Students need not show significant progress towards a solution of the problem. The committee determines whether the student has the necessary background to pursue the work proposed. The committee is at liberty to inquire into any aspect of the student's preparation and progress.