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Preliminary Examination Information

The Doctoral Preliminary Examinations will be administered twice each year (in May and in August) and are offered in the eight areas corresponding to the graduate core courses in the table at the bottom of this page.

Each examination is four hours long with content based on important fundamental concepts in the area. Students should NOT infer that the Preliminary Examination is equivalent to a final examination over the respective core area. Rather, each examination is developed by a committee of faculty in the respective core area in consultation with the Graduate Committee. The topics over which a student can be tested are listed in the Preliminary Examination Topics List which is available from the Graduate Advisor.

The preliminary exams are always administered the week before the first summer term begins in May and the week after the second summer term ends in August. The exams period is four hours, typically from 9am-1pm. The exams are administered in the Academic Testing Center.

At least three weeks prior to taking a Preliminary Examination the student must inform the Graduate Advisor which examinations he/she wishes to take. Up to three different examinations can be taken in each administration of the Preliminary examinations. The student must pass a total of three different examinations in four consecutive administrations of the Preliminary Examinations. This includes a requirement that at least one of the examinations must be in either Algebra, Complex Analysis, Real Analysis, or Topology. A grade of P (pass) or F (fail) will be given in each examination.

Students who choose Statistics as their area of specialization are required to pass the PhD preliminary exam in Probability and Statistics (STAT5328-STAT5329) - this requirement applies to the students who have enrolled in the doctoral program after the Spring 2011 semester. The "typical" Statistics PhD student would choose the two Statistics exams and the Real Analysis exam, although it would be within a student's discretion to choose to be tested over other subjects.

Any student who has received a Master's degree in mathematics or statistics and does not successfully complete the Doctoral Preliminary Examinations before his/her third year in the doctoral program may not continue in the Doctoral Program in the Department of Mathematics at Texas Tech University. Any student who has not received a Master's degree in mathematics or statistics and does not successfully complete the Doctoral Preliminary Examinations before his/her fourth year in the doctoral program may not continue in the Doctoral Program in the Department of Mathematics at Texas Tech University.

 

Click on the Links Below to view Past Exams


Algebra

MATH 5326-5327
Applied Statistics

STAT 5373-5374
Complex Analysis

MATH 5320-5321
Numerical Analysis

MATH 5334-5335
ODE (MATH 5330)
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PDE (MATH 5332)
Real Analysis

MATH 5322-5323
Prob. &Stats.

STAT 5328-5329
Topology

MATH 5324-5325