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 is scheduled for Tuesday September 5, 2017 from 10am - 3pm.  This is the day before classes begin for the fall semester.  Please send Mary Ellen Woycik an email if you plan to take the exam. 

For exam preparation: