Each PhD student will be required to pass a qualifying examination. The purpose of this written examination is to ensure that the student has the potential to complete the PhD program. The list of topics is strictly defined (available through the Graduate Program Committee) and parallels roughly the content of MATH 504-506 sequence: Linear Algebra (one term) and Principles of Analysis, I, II (two terms). The syllabi for these courses are standardized. The examinations will be given twice a year, in June and in September.
A student is allowed no more than two attempts for this exam. Unless there are serious extenuating circumstances, the first attempt is to take place no later than June of the first year of study and the second attempt (if it is needed) should take place the next available date.
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