Our PhD Candidacy Exam is offered twice per year â€” during the first week of the fall semester in late August and during the first week of the spring semester in January. Typically, two of the subjects (see below) are tested in a four-hour exam on a Tuesday, and the remaining two subjects are tested in a four-hour exam on Thursday that same week.
New students who have already completed a Master's degree are invited and encouraged to take the exam at the beginning of their first semester as an optional diagnostic test. Incoming students who have completed only an undergraduate degree are also welcome to attempt the diagnostic exam if they wish.
For more details about the Candidacy Exam, please consult the updated Candidacy Exam section of the Information & Policy Guide for Graduate Students. The previous full version of the Information & Policy Guide for Graduate Students should be consulted for topics other than the Candidacy Exam.