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Qualifying Exam

The Qualifying Exam is an important part of the process of admission to candidacy. The oral exam seeks to give the student an opportunity to exhibit a broad knowledge of physics and an in-depth understanding of a particular area of physics that is not the one of her/his thesis research. The student should exhibit command of the material, an ability to extract the essential elements of a relatively recent development in physics, and the capacity to present this material to an audience of general professionals in a way that demonstrates his or her expertise.  It is required that students schedule the exam for the Spring quarter of their second year. To learn more about the exam, please review the policy (below):

2021-2022 Qualifying Exam Policy

2021-2022 Qualifying Exam Form

2021-2022 Qualifying Exam Action Items

Frequently Asked Questions

Qualifying Exam Previous Approved Topics

2021-2022 Qualifying Exam Evaluation Form