This site deals with the exams required for the Ph.D. program or the non-thesis option for the M.A. or M.S. program in Mathematics or Mathematical Statistics, or the Applied Mathematics and Applied Statistics concentrations of the AMSC program.
Important note: The qualifying requirements for the Scientific Computation concentration of the AMSC program are totally different. In addition, students in the Applied Mathematics concentration of the AMSC program usually must take one or more exams outside of the mathematics department; see here for further information.
- The written exams and course options for MATH are here (for PhD) and here (for MA).
- For policy statements on the qualifying exams and language exams, see the Graduate Programs page.
- Syllabi for the written qualifying exams
- Archived written qualifying exams
- Suggestions on preparing for the qualifying exams
Upcoming Exam Dates
Dates: The January 2020 Qualifying Exams will take place on January 13, 15, & 17, 2020.
Time & Location: All examinations (Algebra, Analysis, Applied Statistics, Geometry/Topology*, Mathematical Statistics, Probability) will be held from 9 am - 1 pm in the Mathematics Colloquium Room (Kirwan 3206).
Monday, January 13, 2020
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Analysis and Mathematical Statistics
Friday, January 17, 2020
Applied Statistics and Probability
*Students admitted after January 2018 are not eligible to take the Geometry/Topology Qualifying Exam.
Language Exams (For Math & Stat PhD Students Only)
The fall semester language exam will be held Wednesday, March 25, 2020, from 4:30-7:30 pm in Kirwan 3206 (Colloquium Room). The deadline for signing up is March 18, 2020, at noon.
Language Exams (in French, German and Russian) are administered each semester, usually in late October or early November and in March or April. If you intend to take one of these exams, the sign-up is via Google Forms. Please check your email for more information. If you are planning a graduation this year and have not yet passed a language exam, please make sure to take the exam this cycle.
Information about the language exam may be found here.
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