PhD/MA Qualifying Exams and Syllabi
Here are copies of some of the M.A. / Ph.D. Qualifying Examinations from previous years. At the bottom you will also find links to some syllabi describing topics that the three exams may cover. Our exam archive spans two decades, and so should enable you to get a good feel for the range and type of questions that are often asked on these exams. Please note: beginning in 2012 there will be no Spring exams. Instead exams will be offered first in Aug., then in Jan. (about a week before the start of the Fall and Spring semesters respectively). For more details on the next round of exams, please consult the instructors of the corresponding 5000-level courses: Dr. Pitale and Dr. Kujawa (Algebra), Dr. Landes (Analysis), and Dr. Miller (Topology).
Qualifying Exam Syllabi
Here are some generic syllabi in pdf and tex formats. Pdf: algebra, analysis, topology. Tex: algebra, analysis, topology. The table below contains specific syllabi from previous semesters. Some of these lists are out-of-date, but they still should give an idea of the range of topics covered by the exams.