PhD Qualifying Exam

Students in the PhD program wishing to advance to candidacy must first pass the Electrical Engineering Qualifying Examination, which takes place once each year during the winter quarter.

The examination consists of 10 separate 10-minute oral exams given individually in one day by the professors on the student's examination committee. For more information about the Quals Exam, please visit the EE Graduate Handbook.

Qualifying Examination Schedule (2016-17)

Mid October, 2016Online sign up form available

Late November, 2016

Deadline for submitting quals sign up form
Early January, 2017Deadline for submitting question area form
Mid January, 2017Revisions to question area form must be made by 8:00 pm
Late January, 2017Exam schedules (without names) are sent to all candidates
Late January, 2017Examiner names are sent to candidates three days before exams
January 30 - February 3, 2017Qualifying examinations held
February 2017Examination results announced

 

Question Areas and Courses for Qualifying Examination

  • Computer Systems Software
    • CS 106X Programming Abstractions (Accelerated)
    • CS 140 Operating Systems and Systems Programming
    • CS 161 Design and Analysis of Algorithms
    • EE 284 Introduction to Computer Networks or CS 144 Introduction to Computer Networking
  • Digital Systems: Design and Architecture
    • EE 108 Digital System Design
    • EE 180 Digital Systems Architecture
    • EE 271 Introduction to VLSI Systems
    • EE 282 Computer Systems Architecture
    Electromagnetics and Optics
    • EE 42 Introductory Engineering Electromagnetics
    • EE 142 Engineering Electromagnetics
    • EE 236A Modern Optics
  • Electronic Circuits
  • Electronic Devices
    • EE 65 Modern Physics for Engineers
    • EE 116 Semiconductor Device Physics
    • EE 216 Principles and Models of Semiconductor Devices
  • Linear Systems
    • EE 102A Signal Processing and Linear Systems I
    • EE 102B Signal Processing and Linear Systems II
    • EE 103 Introduction to Matrix Methods
    • EE 263 Introduction to Linear Dynamical Systems
    Modern and Quantum Physics
    • EE 65 Modern Physics for Engineers
    • EE 142 Engineering Electromagnetics
    • EE 222 Applied Quantum Mechanics I
  • Probabilistic Systems
    • EE 102A Signal Processing and Linear Systems I
    • EE 178 Probabilistic Systems Analysis
    • EE 278 Introduction to Statistical Signal Processing

Students needing to retake the quals exam will move on to the Committee Format Exam.