PhD Programs & Curriculum
The purpose of the IOE Qualifying Process is to perform a holistic assessment of a student’s performance during the first year of doctoral student and to evaluate the student’s potential for successful completion of the Ph.D.
Learn more: Qualifying Process Guidelines
The purpose of the Preliminary Examination is to determine if the student is adequately prepared to pursue doctoral research under the direction of a Dissertation Committee. The examination includes: 1) an evaluation of the student’s academic preparation, 2) evaluation of a detailed dissertation proposal, and 3) an oral examination.