During preparation for the doctoral degree, the student will be required to complete three examinations, including the final dissertation defense. These events are discussed below in the order in which they will occur during the student's program of study.
For students that entered in before Fall 2022, a different set of Qualifying Exam rules apply. Such students may choose that option or this one, whichever suits them best. Before Fall 2023, another exam (the Preliminary Exam) was also required, but was replaced by the University with the Proposal Defense; students who have not yet advanced to Candidacy no longer can take the Preliminary Exam and will do the Proposal Defense instead.
The student is allowed to attempt to submit materials at any time until the student’s deadline has passed. The first attempt may be after the student’s first semester or summer term. Students will meet with their major professor to review their portfolio before submission.