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PhD Exam Process

For a flow chart expalining the doctoral degree exam process, click here.

Written Preliminary Exam (WPE)

The WPE is the first examination AEM doctoral students must pass to continue work towards their PhD. The WPE is offered once each year during the Spring Semester, typically the first Friday/Saturday in April.

After passing the exam, students MUST have an adviser before they are allowed to move on to their PhD degree.

Preliminary Oral Exam (POE)

This exam must be passed before students are allowed to register for Doctoral Thesis credits.

A committee of at least four faculty members administers this oral exam. Three members should be from the AEM department, and one member should be from outside the department. The student, in consultation with his/her adviser, is responsible for forming the committee.

The exam usually includes a presentation of research plans and preliminary results. Students are then questioned about the research and material from graduate courses they have taken.

Students should take this exam as soon as most of their coursework is completed; that is, near the end of the second year or the beginning of the third year.

Final Oral Exam (Defense)

This exam consists of the student’s presentation and defense of his or her research.

A subcommittee of readers must approve the thesis before the exam is scheduled and, at the end of the exam, the full committee must accept the thesis.

The committee must contain at least four members, including three from the AEM department and one from outside the Department.

Last Modified: 2016-07-21 at 13:31:28 -- this is in International Standard Date and Time Notation