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QUALIFYING EXAMINATIONS 
The Mathematics Qualifying (or Preliminary) Examinations are given in six areas of mathematics (view right column to obtain the syllabus and sample exams by topic):

·         Algebra
·         Complex Analysis
·         Differential Geometry
·         Logic
·         Real Analysis
·         Topology


The sample exams and syllabi listed on this website were given as actual exams. Naturally exams vary from year to year. Additional historic qualifying exams are available in the Mathematics Program Office.
The exams are scheduled twice a year, in August/September and May. Students must sign up at least 48 hours (excluding weekends) in advance of any exams that they wish to take so that the proctor will know how many students to expect. Each exam is scheduled for three hours, either from 10 - 1pm, or 2 - 5pm.  The Assistant Program Officer will send the electronic sign up form link to all students that have not passed 3 Qualifying exams (also called the First Examination).
The May qualifying exams are held during the final exam period and the August/September exams are scheduled before classes start or overlapping first few days of classes. Each exam is given in the Math Thesis Examination Room, (4214.03) unless otherwise indicated.
Students must pass three exams (of their choosing) to be considered to have passed the First Examination (it is listed this way on the student transcript.) Exams are graded pass or fail. Students may retake a failed exam once unless the failed exam was taken prior to student’s first semester of class. Students who fail an exam prior to their first semester of classes will still have 2 opportunities to retake the exam.
Students will be informed by email of the results of their exam.

August 2019 Qualifying Exams:

Exam Topic Exam Day Exam Date Exam Time Sign up by
Algebra Monday 8/19/2019 10-1pm Thurs, Aug 15, 9:00 AM
Real Variables Monday 8/19/2019 2-5pm Wed, Aug 15, 1:00 PM
Complex Variables Tuesday  8/20/2019 10-1pm Fri, Aug 16, 9:00 AM
Topology Tuesday 8/20/2019 2-5pm Fri, Aug 16, 1:00 PM
Differential Geometry Wednesday 8/21/2019 2-5pm Mon, Aug 19, 9:00 AM
Logic Wednesday  8/21/2019 10-1pm Tues, Aug 19, 1:00 PM








 












May 2019 Qualifying Exams                                                                                                    

Exam Topic Exam Day Exam Date Exam Time Sign up by
Algebra Thursday 5/16/2019 2-5pm Tues, May 14, 2019
Real Variables Friday 5/17/2019 2-5pm Wed, May 15, 2019
Complex Variables Monday  5/20/2019 2-5pm Thurs, May 16, 2019
Topology Tuesday 5/21/2019 2-5pm Friday, May 17, 2019
Differential Geometry Wednesday 5/22/2019 2-5pm Monday, May 20, 2019
Logic Thursday  5/23/2019 2-5pm Tues, May 21, 2019 









                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

August 2018 Qualifying Exams

Exam Topic Exam Day Exam Date Exam Time Sign up by
Algebra Monday 8/20/2018 10-1pm Thurs, Aug16 9:00AM
Real Variables Monday 8/20/2018 2-5pm Thurs, Aug 16 1:00PM
Complex Variables Tuesday 8/21/2018 10-1pm Friday, Aug 17 9:00AM
Topology Tuesday 8/21/2018 2-5pm Friday, Aug 17 1:00PM
Logic Wednesday 8/22/2018 10-1pm Monday,Aug 20 9:00AM
Differential Geometry Wednesday  8/22/2018 2-5pm Friday, Aug 20 1:00PM









                                                                                                                                                         

 



 

May 2018 Qualifying Exams 

Exam Topic Exam Day Exam Date Exam Time Sign up by
Algebra Thursday 5/17/2018 2-5pm Tuesday, May 15th
Real Variables Friday 5/18/2018 2-5pm Wednesday, May 16th
Complex Variables Monday 5/21/2018 2-5pm Thursday, May 17th
Topology Tuesday 5/22/2018 2-5pm Friday, May 18th
Differential Geometry Wednesday 5/23/2018 2-5pm Monday, May 21st
Logic Thursday 5/24/2018 2-5pm Tuesday, May 22nd








 









August 2017 Qualifying Exams
Algebra:
Date: August 25, 2017
Time: 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Location: TBA


Real Variables:
Date: August 25, 2017
Time: 1200PM - 5:00PM
Location: TBA


Complex Variables:
Date: August 28, 2017
Time: 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Location: TBA


Topology:
Date: August 28, 2017
Time: 200PM - 5:00PM
Location: TBA


Logic:
Date: August 29, 2017
Time: 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Location: TBA


Differential Geometry:
Date: August 29, 2017
Time: 200PM - 5:00PM
Location: TBA


Spring 2017 Qualifying:
Algebra:
Date: May 22, 2017
Time: 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Location: Math Thesis Room (4214.03)

Real Variables:
Date: May 23, 2017
Time: 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Location: Math Thesis Room (4214.03)

Complex Variables:
Date: May 24, 2017
Time: 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Location: Math Thesis Room (4214.03)

Topology:
Date: May 25, 2017
Time: 2:00PM - 5:00PM

Location: Math Thesis Room (4214.03)

Differential Geometry:
Date: May 26, 2017
Time: 10:00AM - 1:00PM

Location: Math Thesis Room (4214.03)

Logic:
Date: May 26, 2017
Time: 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Location: Math Thesis Room (4214.03)




Fall 2016 Qualifying Exams Dates:

Logic:
Date: August 24, 2016
Time: 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Location: Math Thesis Room (4214.03)

Differential Geometry:
Date: August 25, 2016
Time: 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Location: Math Thesis Room (4214.03)

Real Variables:
Date: August 26, 2016
Time: 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Location: Math Thesis Room (4214.03)

Algebra:
Date: August 29,2016
Time: 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Location: Math Thesis Room (4214.03)

Topology:
Date: August 30, 2016
Time: 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Location: Math Thesis Room (4214.03)

Complex Variables:
Date:August 31, 2016
Time: 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Location: Math Thesis Room (4214.03)



Spring 2016 Qualifying Exams:

Logic:

Date: May 19, 2016
Time: 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Location: Math Thesis Room (4214.03)

Differential Geometry:
Date: May 20, 2016
Time: 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Location: Math Thesis Room (4214.03)

Real Variables:
Date: May 23, 2016
Time: 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Location: Math Thesis Room (4214.03)

Algebra:
Date: May 24, 2016
Time: 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Location: C205 (new location assigned)

Topology:
Date: May 25, 2016
Time: 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Location: Math Thesis Room (4214.03)

Complex Variables:
Date: May 26, 2016
Time: 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Location: Math Thesis Room (4214.03)