The Qualifying Examination is normally taken at the beginning of the second semester of the second year. For Ethnomusicology doctoral candidates, the mini-portfolio is submitted at the end of the first year of study. You must pass the qualifying examination in order to continue study in the doctoral program.
Before taking the Qualifying Examination, the student must have passed the Foreign Language Examination(s) as well as have cleared any Incompletes. The Qualifying Examination is ordinarily administered by a committee of three members of the Graduate Faculty appointed by the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS).