To take the qualifying exam(s), students must meet the following requirements:
- Satisfactory completion of all preliminary requirements established by the University and their department (Senate reg. 350D). Students should understand their department-specific requirements as many departments have additional standards above those established by the University
- Registration in three consecutive quarters prior to the quarter of the qualifying exam(s)
- Registration (excluding In Absentia) in the quarter taking the qualifying exam(s)
- An approved doctoral committee on file with the Graduate Division
To advance to doctoral candidacy, students must pass the department-specific written and oral exams conducted by a doctoral committee. (Senate reg. 350D)
After the exam(s), the committee completes and signs the Doctoral Degree Form II, indicating if the student passed or failed. If a student does not pass all or part of the qualifying exam(s), the Committee Chair should submit to the Graduate Division the Doctoral Form II including a brief summary explaining committees' decision and re-examination requirements.