Doctor of Science in Computer Science
Qualifying Candidacy Examination
The purpose of the qualifying candidacy examination is to determine whether the applicant possesses the attributes of a doctoral candidate. Typically, the qualifying examination will be held twice a year. The dates and times will be announced by the department. It is recommended that a student take the qualifying exam at the next opportunity after completion of the core courses, and no later than the beginning of the fifth semester in the program. A student may attempt the qualifying candidacy exam a maximum of two times. If a student is not successful in passing the exam in two attempts he/she may be dismissed from the program.
The comprehensive examination is a written test composed of material covering three of the five knowledge areas from the program. Typically, the comprehensive examination will be held twice a year. The dates and times will be announced by the department. Preporatory classes for the comprehensive exam are indicated with an asterisk in the course list. A student may attempt the comprehensive examination a maximum of two times. A student who has not passed the comprehensive exam in the second attempt will be dismissed from the program. A minimum GPA of 3.0 in the doctoral course work is required to take the examination.