Qualifying Exam

The Qualifying Examination is the Department's primary instrument for admitting students into the upper levels of the Ph.D. program. Its purpose is to evaluate whether a student’s understanding of fundamental general physics is adequate for success in independent physics research.  It is normally taken at the start of the second year but may be taken after semester I of the first year by prepared students (permitting an earlier start on research) or deferred in the case of a first-year program that did not include the normal complement of core courses.

The next Qualifying Exam in Physics will be held on January 23, 2015.