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 January 24, 2017 from 10am - 3pm. This is the day before classes begin for the spring semester. Please send Mary Ellen Woycik an email if you plan to take the exam.
For exam preparation:
- Suggested Texts for the Qualifying Exam
- Qualifying Exams - 1999 to Present
- Section on Qualifying Exam from the Program Handbook
The Department also has a small lending library of donated books of problems and solutions, but these titles are secondary to the primary sources in the suggested texts list above.