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Qualifying Exams

Qualifying exams are designed to discover weakness in the background of new Ph.D. students and should be taken at the beginning of the program.

You must choose two of the following six exams:

  1. Electronics and circuits
  2. Communication
  3. Computer engineering
  4. Power systems and machines
  5. Systems and controls
  6. Electromagnetics

The exams cover junior-level material as well as fundamental topics usually included in senior electives (not to exceed 20 percent of the exam).

Outlines of the exam topics and sample exams are available using the links above. Additional information may be obtained from the members of the examining committee.

Students who do not obtain satisfactory results will be required to do one of the following:

  • Retake the exam (allowed only once)
  • Complete remedial courses and attain a grade of A or B
  • Drop out of the Ph.D. program

The decision on which course of action to require from the student will rest with the Examining Committee.

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