Guidance to the Student

At the minimum, students taking these examinations will be provided with both the title and the scope of the questions. The PhD handbook further recommends that each student contact the graduate faculty for guidelines in selecting reading materials for study. However, this does not imply that students be given a specific, or an exhaustive reading list. The current partial readings list can be found at

These examinations are comprehensive, and any list, even if provided, should act only as a guideline to the type of material a student should be familiar with to do well in the examinations. Questions, as long as they conform to the scope, can come from outside any such list. Ultimately, the student is responsible and accountable for any relevant literature in their area of study.