Ph.D. candidates must complete the required graduate coursework in good standing. Additionally, doctoral candidates must pass a written qualifying exam and oral qualifying examinations, and write a doctoral thesis of original work.
The written qualifying examination is offered in June and in September. The examination consists of material from the courses Principles of Analysis I & II and Linear Algebra.
For the Ph.D. candidacy examination, the student is advised by a faculty member and gives a presentation to a committee, along with a written report. Ideally, the material studied will lead to work on a thesis with that faculty member. The presentation need not consist of original research. Typically this examination takes place at the end of the second year. After completion of these requirements candidates begin work on their doctoral thesis. This consists of original work and is guided by a thesis advisor. Thesis advisors are selected from the faculty of Department of Mathematics. A typical time for the completion of a Ph.D. by a full-time student is five years.
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