Qualifying Examinations

It is recommended that students take the department qualifying examination within one year of the start of the doctoral program. Students are allowed a 3-credit load reduction from their full-time load in order to prepare for the qualifying examination. Students are only allowed to take a 3-credit load reduction twice during the course of one’s doctoral program prior to passing the qualifying examination.

Prior to taking the qualifying examination, students are allowed to enroll in a maximum of nine dissertation credits, with permission of their advisor.