Ph.D. Qualifying Examination

The purpose of the Qualifying Examination is to determine the “fit” between the student’s aspirations and his/her program and to assess the student’s progress and ability to grasp the knowledge necessary to become a scholar.

A student must earn a grade of B or better in the courses listed below to sit for the Qualifying Examination.

  • COUC 740
  • COUC 715
  • COUC 730
  • COUC 745

Qualifying Examination Manual

A student who fails the examination, or certain sections of the exam, may be granted the opportunity to retake it (the section(s) failed) one time. The student cannot continue taking courses until the exam has been passed. Failure on the second attempt will prevent the student from pursuing the Doctor of Philosophy degree.


Candidacy Examination

The Candidacy Examination is a learning outcomes based assessment portfolio that is defended to the student's advising committee.  The portfolio is defended once all required coursework is completed with a grade of B or better. Further information about the Candidacy Examination can be ascertained from the Ph.D. Handbook.