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EE Student Information, Spring Quarter through Academic Year 2020-2021: FAQs and Updated EE Course List.

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PhD Qualifying Exam

Quals FormApplication for Qualifying Examination 

Guidelines for Conducting the PhD Qualifying Exam via Zoom: Zoom Qualifying Exam Guidelines 


All PhD students need to complete and pass the qualifying exam, prior to the end of winter quarter of their second year of study.  You must be registered in the quarter you take the qualifying exam.


The qualifying exam is an oral examination intended to provide the examination committee with evidence of your research preparedness and capabilities and allow the committee to give you useful feedback on your research direction.

Examination Committee:

Your committee consists of 3 members, your advisor and two others. All committee members must be on the Academic Council, and at least two members must be EE faculty (not courtesy). 

You will be responsible for forming your exam committee and scheduling the exam date and room. Once the details of your event are finalized, bring the Application for Qualifying Examination form to the Degree Progress Officer. 

Room Scheduling:

You are responsible for reserving a room for your exam. After you have located a room, check with the person who schedules that room in order to reserve it. Click HERE for the room list.

From Spring 19-20 to Autumn 20-21, the PhD qualifying exam can be scheduled via Zoom. Please click HERE for Zoom Qualifying Exam Guidelines.

Examination Format:

15 minutes for student to present background and proposed research.

15 minutes for committee to ask questions. Question topics can include the presented research or related general topics.

(Optional) 15 minutes for committee members to make suggestions.

The Faculty committee will then deliberate. 

Final Reporting Procedures:

After the qualifying exam, students must remind their committee to submit their vote at

If there is a split vote (2-1 for or against), the Degree Progress Officer will give the results to the Associate Chair for Graduate Education, who will make the final decision.

Exam results will be sent to you via email within 1 week.

QUESTIONS? Feel free to contact the Degree Progress Officer, Rachel Pham, Packard 177 or call/email 650-723-3194,