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)
University of Illinois
Indiana University
University of Iowa
Johns Hopkins University
Kansas State University
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
Texas A&M University
University of Utah
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Oral Examinations

Princeton University

University of Cambridge