The Ph.D. Qualifying Examination is administered in the first period of the second stage. It is an oral exam given in two parts, comprising two essentially distinct areas in Mathematics. The content of the first area, the student's major field of study, should be substantially greater than the second.
The program of advanced studies, which defines the scope of the exam, is submitted by the student to his/her graduate advisor and to the Graduate Council for approval. The Graduate Council appoints two committees, one for each part of the exam, which in turn notify the Graduate School Office in advance the dates for each part. The time period elapsing between the two parts should not exceed four weeks. Results of both parts of the qualifying exam are disclosed to the student at the same time.