PhD Qualifying Exams for CAM@PS
The successful passage of qualifying examinations is one of the main departmental degree program requirements for students seeking the Ph.D Degree. Students who are studying for the M.A. or M.Ed. degrees are not required to pass qualifying exams.In 2008, the department has modified the qualifying exam system. More detailed information can be found on the list of requirements page.
Important to know: entering Ph.D. students may take any of the examinations before they enroll without penalty. If an examination is passed the student is exempt from the subsequent course. If a pre-entrance examination is failed, the student still has more opportunities to pass the examination in the next two years.
Also important to know: the purpose of the qualifying examinations is to assure that the students are adequately trained in basic mathematics subjects, mathematical thinking and problem solving skills. The department and its faculty are committed to help the students to prepare for the exams and passing them successfully after the earlier years of the graduate study. Such measures include: faculty mentors are assigned to guide the study of new students and review sessions often hold before the exams.
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