Our master's and doctoral programs require written examinations. The doctorate also requires an Applications Involvement Component and a dissertation.
Students in the Ph.D. program take the qualifying examination. Students in the M.S. program take the comprehensive exam. Read guidelines for the qualifying and comprehensive exams (DOC).
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After passing the qualifying examination and choosing an advisor, Ph.D. students must complete the candidacy examination. The examination includes a presentation about the dissertation topic and a question and answer session. Read more about the candidacy examination and dissertation proposal (DOC).
By completing the required Applications Involvement Component (AIC), you'll be exposed to mathematics in nonacademic settings. An AIC typically has three parts:
Completing your doctoral program involves defending your dissertation. The Thesis and Dissertation Office can help guide you through the process. The steps involved include:
Read a more detailed overview of the dissertation process (DOC).
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