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Written Qualifying Exam Information

Each study guide lists topics that a student should know for the corresponding examination. An attempt has been made to put these topics in coherent order and to provide useful references. The study guides are not intended as syllabi for the corresponding graduate courses. For each of the subject areas, an introductory one-semester 8000-level course is designed to help prepare students for the qualifying exam. However, certain background material may be assumed in the 8000-level course, and the course might omit some of the topics in the study guide and include topics not appearing in the study guide. Thus, it is the student's responsibility to prepare adequately for a written qualifying exam by mastering the topics on the study guide.

Written qualifying exams are offered in Algebra, Complex Analysis, Numerical Analysis, Probability, Real Analysis, and Topology. All the exams are three hours in length. The written qualifying exams are offered every year in August before the start of fall semester classes, and in January before the start of spring semester classes.

Spring 2024 Qualifying Exam Schedule- Tentative Schedule

Thursday, January 4
Friday, January 5

Fall 2023 Qualifying Exam Schedule

Fall 23 Orientation schedule

Monday, August 14

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM               Room 304 Boyd                                         
Topology Qualifying Exam 

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM                 Room 304 Boyd                                         
Real Analysis Qualifying Exam

Tuesday, August 15

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM               Room 304 Boyd                                         
Complex Analysis Qualifying Exam

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM                 Room 304 Boyd                                         
Algebra Qualifying Exam

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM                 Room 303 Boyd                                         
Probability Qualifying Exam


Past qualifying exams:

Last revised August, 2023

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