William and Mary

Qualifying Examination

The qualifying examination is usually taken just before the beginning of the fall semester of the student's second year. This examination deals with undergraduate material, with the contents of first-year graduate courses, and with information that a first-year student should have obtained from colloquia, seminars, and journals.

The examination, considered together with the candidate's course work and other activities, has one possible outcome: pass at the Ph.D. level.   If necessary, this examination may be retaken approximately a half year later.