The Ph.D. Qualifying Examination has two parts.
Part I is a written examination which is given twice a year, in March
and October. It must be taken not later than October of the second
year. It examines topics related to required courses 1,2, and 3. A
detailed syllabus of topics for the exam is available from the Graduate
Director. Part I of the exam can be retaken once.
Part II of the Qualifying Examination is
scheduled by arrangement, and must be taken not later than the end of
the fifth semester. (If Part I is retaken, Part II must be taken by the
end of the third year.) Part II is an oral examination by a committee
or committees. The basic material covered in Part I of the examination
will be presumed background for all questions. In addition the exam
will cover three topics chosen well in advance by the student in
conjunction with the Faculty of RUTCOR, with the goal of demonstrating
knowledge in depth in fields related to the student's proposed area of
research. Part II of the examination can be retaken once.