SE PhD Qualifying Examination

The courses listed give a good approximation of the topical coverage.  Make sure to discuss your course selection with your advisor.  It should be noted that the PhD exam is not a perfect map between general knowledge students should possess and the suggested course material.  However, the suggested course material will be perfectly adequate to the exam set for your cohort.



The exam consists of three topical sections.  Select three of the following five sections:

A. Dynamic Systems Theory (SE/EC/ME 501)

B. Continuous Stochastic Processes (EC505) or Discrete Stochastic Processes (EK500 and SE/ME 714)

C. Optimization (SE/EC 524)

D. Dynamic Programming and Stochastic Control (SE/EC/ME 710)

E. Nonlinear Systems and Control (SE/ME 762)



The exam will have a written and an oral part. The examination is closed book.

The written part will be on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 from 9:00 am– 1:00 pm.

The oral part will be on Thursday, May 19, 2016.  You will be asked to appear before the examination committee during your individual time slot to  (1) make a 20-minute research presentation related to one of your research rotations, and (2) answer questions.  The questions will be on the research presentation, your academic background and may include questions that arise from the written part of the exam.



The exam as a whole consisting of both the written and the oral part will be graded on a pass/fail basis.  In case of failure, the student may be given a second opportunity to take the exam within the allowed timeframe.