# Preliminary & Qualifying Exams

The preliminary examination covers the two foundational course sequences, MAT 601-602 and MAT 631-632. It consists of two written examinations, each lasting three hours. These may be taken separately. There are only two outcomes on each examination, Pass or Fail. Both examinations must be passed to pass the Preliminary Examination. These examinations will be given twice a year, once in May a week or two after the Spring semester, and once in August, a week or two before the fall semester. The exact dates will be announced at least a month ahead of time.

Masters students who wish to continue into the Ph.D. program must take these examinations no later than May following their first year of graduate study and pass these examinations no later the August preceding their second year of graduate study. Students who pass one, but not both of these examinations on their first attempt are required to retake only the examination that is not passed. Only two attempts at each of these examinations are permitted.

With the approval of the Mathematics Graduate Committee, students who enter the Mathematics Graduate Program with extensive preparation in mathematics may attempt the Preliminary Examinations upon entering the Program. This attempt will not be counted as one of the two attempts at the Preliminary Examinations.

With the approval of the Mathematics Graduate Committee, students who enter the Mathematics Graduate Program with limited preparation in mathematics may postpone the Preliminary Examinations until their third year of graduate study.

Below are the links for all graduate mathematics exams at Syracuse University. These should be the primary reference for any review in preparation for these exams.

##### Algebra Prelim Exam

##### Algebra Qualifying Exam

##### Analysis Prelim Exam

##### Analysis Qualifying Exam

##### Topology Qualifying Exam

##### Statistics Qualifying Exam

##### Numerical Analysis Qualifying Exam

##### Combinatorics & Graph Theory Qualifying Exam

# Other Graduate Preliminary & Qualifying Exams

While the above links should be the primary reference source for problems while preparing for your graduate mathematics exams at Syracuse University, qualifying exams from other universities can serve as an additional source of problems for review.

SUNY Albany

UC Berkeley

Boston University

University of Colorado Boulder

University of Connecticut

UC Davis

University of Florida

University of Georgia (Qualifying Exams are at this link)

Harvard

University of Illinois

Indiana University

University of Iowa

Johns Hopkins University

Kansas State University

UCLA

Louisiana State University

University of Maryland

University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Michigan

University of Minnesota

University of Missouri

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

University of New Mexico

Northeastern University

Northwestern University

Ohio State University

University of Oklahoma

Penn State University

University of Pittsburgh

Purdue University

University of Rochester

Rutgers State University

University of South Carolina

Stanford University

Temple University

University of Texas at Austin

Texas A&M University

University of Utah

University of Washington

University of Wisconsin-Madison