Qualifying Examination Overview
The BMMB Graduate Program administers an oral qualifying examination to assess whether the student is capable of conducting graduate research based on evidence of critical thinking skills, understanding of the scientific method, and knowledge of relevant subject matter. This two-hour oral examination will be based on a two-page research proposal prepared by the student. All examinations will take place during the fall semester of the second year.
In addition to passing the oral qualifying examination, students must display excellence in coursework, research and teaching to be eligible to take the comprehensive examination.
Graduate School Policy
BMMB Qualifying Examination Policy
Qualifying Examination Outcomes
Comprehensive Examination Overview
The purpose of the comprehensive examination is to determine whether the student has transitioned from a novice to an advanced Ph.D. student. The examination is designed to assess the student’s broad conceptual knowledge of their discipline, the deeper knowledge of their field, critical thinking skills, experimental and computational skills, communication skills as well as their vision and motivation to complete the Ph.D. program.