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M.S. Exam and Ph.D. Qualifying Exam Rules
Policy Effective February 2017

The Department of Statistics will offer two exams: the M.S. Exam and the Ph.D. Qualifying Exam. The single M.S. Exam is designed for both the M.S. in Statistics and the M.S. in Biostatistics Programs. It is focused on testing basic understanding of course materials. The Ph.D. Qualifying Exam is designed for students aiming to pursue a Ph.D. degree in Statistics. It is focused on testing the depth of understanding and mastery of both theories and methods in the required courses.

Beginning year 2018, the exams are administered twice a year as follows:

  • In January: Monday immediately before the first day of Spring classes
  • In May: Monday immediately following the last day of Spring final examinations
  • In case of school closing due to inclement weather or emergency, the exams will be held on the Saturday immediately following the originally scheduled Monday.

Each exam has two parts scheduled as follows:

  • AM Part: 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
  • PM Part: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Notes:

  1. You may go to the academic calendar of UCONN to check dates for the beginning of classes and the end of final examinations.
  2. The schedule will continue until further notice, beginning 2018.
  3. The M.S. and Ph.D. Qualifying Exams in August 2017 will be held as previously scheduled, on Monday immediately before Fall classes begin.

General Rules (Beginning 2018)

  1. In order to take an exam, a student must sign up by the deadline described below.
    • For exams in January: 2nd Monday in November of the preceding year.
    • For exams in May: 2nd Monday in April of the same year.
  2. Only students currently enrolled in the graduate programs of the Department are allowed to sign up and take the exams.
  3. No sign-up is allowed during the first semester of graduate study.
  4. Each student must clear the M.S. or Ph.D. Qualifying Exam within 3 consecutive attempts. For example, if a student takes an exam for the first time in May but fails to fully pass it, the student has two chances remaining in January and May of the next year. For each remaining chance, failure to sign up or failure to show up will be counted as a failed attempt.
  5. The AM part and the PM part of the exam each must be passed as a whole. If a student fails to pass a part, in the remaining attempts, the student shall only sign up and take that part in order to clear the exam.

Note: Any student who has not yet passed the exam but is not taking classes has to enroll in GRAD 5998 every semester until they pass.


Additional Rules for M.S. Students (Beginning 2018)

M.S. students are allowed to take either the M.S. Exam or the Ph.D. Qualifying Exam.

  1. Each M.S. student is allowed at most 3 attempts to clear either the M.S. Exam or the Ph.D. Qualifying Exam at the M.S. level.   (Caution: Not 3 attempts for each exam.)
  2. Only students in the M.S. Programs are allowed to take the M.S. Exam.
  3. The following four (4) courses must be taken before signing up for the first attempt: STAT 5585, STAT 5685, STAT 5505, and STAT 5605.
  4. The M.S. Exam will have eight questions, two for each course. The AM part covers STAT 5585 and 5685, and the PM part covers STAT 5505 and 5605.
  5. The M.S. Plan of Study must be submitted before the sign-up for the first attempt.
  6. At the sign-up, the exam to be taken must be specified. After the sign-up, no switching from one exam to another is allowed.
  7. Each sign-up will be counted as an attempt, even if a student later decides to not show up, or withdraw, or take only one part of the exam.

Please note that in order to switch to the Ph.D. program, an M.S. student must first clear the Ph.D. Qualifying Exam at the Ph.D. level, and a re-application to the Ph.D. program is subject to strict review by the Graduate Admissions Committee following the same standard on all applications.


Additional Rules for Ph.D. Students

Ph.D. students are only allowed to take the Ph.D. Qualifying Exam; each attempt to clear the exam will be counted as one at the Ph.D. level.

  1. Each Ph.D. student is allowed at most 3 attempts to clear the Ph.D. Qualifying Exam.
  2. The following six (6) courses must be taken before signing up for the first attempt: STAT 5585, STAT 5685, STAT 5505, STAT 5605, STAT 5725 and STAT 5515.
  3. Each sign-up will be counted as an attempt, even if a student later decides to not show up, or withdraw, or take only one part of the exam.