Preliminary Exams in Mathematics
PhD students are required to pass three preliminary exams in mathematics. Students for whom core courses have been waived must still take preliminary exams. MS students may pass three preliminary exams to satisfy the creative component of their degree. The topics of the exams are
- Linear Analysis
- Numerical Analysis
- Ordinary Differential Equations
PhD students are required to take 4 of 5 core courses, one of which must be MATH 675. The core courses are
- MATH 675 (Linear Analysis)
- MATH 621 (Algebra)
- MATH 631 (Topology)
- MATH 677 (Ordinary Differential Equations)
- MATH 685 (Numerical Analysis)
Preliminary exams from prior years are available on Blackboard and may be obtained by request
Information about the Spring 2020 Preliminary Exams
IMPORTANT: Due to the COVID-19 epidemic the arrangements for the next round of prelim exams (delayed from the end of the Spring semester) will be rather different. Most importantly the exams will be held online but there will be very detailed instructions for you to follow to make sure that the integrity of the examination is not compromised. These may involve you having to invest in additional/new hardware (but hopefully not). Also, if for any reason, even one beyond your control, we feel that we were not able to effectively proctor you then you cannot pass the exam.
If you wish to take any of the exams please email Dr Lamba
(firstname.lastname@example.org) by July 15 specifying which exam(s) you wish to take, when you passed the course, and with what grade.
Right now there are no dates set for the exams but we will try to
ensure that they all take place on different days sometime between August 10 and August 21. Once all the registrations are in we will coordinate with everyone involved to find dates and times that work. We will then have an online meeting before the actual exams to make sure your webcams etc work and that you understand and are comfortable with all the other rules.