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Ph.D. Qualifying Exam

The purpose of the Qualifying Examination (QE) 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:

  • Advanced Theory Application (COUC 715)
  • Advanced Research Design (COUC 740)

Register for the QE

Complete the Student Application and the Proctor Application. Email both of these forms to Bonnie Gould (bcsmith@liberty.edu), and include in the email the date when you would like to take your QE. You and your proctor decide the date on which you will take your test.

You will receive a confirmation email of your scheduled date to take the QE.

On the date of your exam, your proctor will present you with the exam in a Word document. You will complete the exam directly in this Word document, on a computer that is not your own. You will not be able to access the internet or any notes during the exam.

Once complete, your proctor will submit your exam, it will be graded, and you will receive an email with your test results. Once you have passed both sections of the exam, you will be registered for COUC 969 with a grade of “Pass.” You do not need to register for COUC 969 prior to taking the exam. You will be registered for it by the department once you have passed your exam.

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.