DMA Exams

General Information

Finding a Topic for your Doctoral Project
Re-entering the Program (including Timeline)

Format Requirements for Dissertation, Thesis, and Scholarly Essay


Qualifying Exam

The qualifying exam is a six-hour written exam. The major exam is a total of 4 hours, and the cognate exam is a total of 2 hours. The schedule is 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (major), a break for lunch from 12:30 to 1:30, and then the afternoon exam from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (cognate).

All written exams occur in the Academic Affairs hallway, in a testing room.

Request to Schedule the Qualifying Exam   – Students must confirm the written exam date with Academic Affairs before submitting the request form.  Students must confirm the oral interview date and time with the committee members and upload email confirmations to the webform. If an oral interview is required, the major and cognate committee members must be present for the oral interview. It is important to remember that the qual exam must be scheduled three weeks in advance of the intended exam date.

Exam Day Information for Students – IMPORTANT


Preliminary Exam

Students should submit their requests through the Graduate College Student Portal. You can view video tutorials on how to use the portal here.

Students should submit their committee appointment request three weeks before the exam date. This is essential so all relevant units can review and approve the committee before the exam. If the committee is not appointed before the day of the exam, it could mean that the exam must be rescheduled.

It is important to understand that the research director must approve the project proposal before scheduling the prelim exam. Please do not schedule the prelim exam with the committee until the research director has approved the proposal. Once they have done so, you may schedule the exam and send the committee a copy of the proposal at least three weeks before the intended exam date.

Beginning January 2024, if the prelim exam request form is not submitted at least three weeks before the intended exam date, your request will be denied.

Preliminary Examination – Frequently Asked Questions
Format requirements for Dissertation, Thesis, and Scholarly Essay


Final Exam

Students should submit their requests through the Graduate College Student Portal. You can view video tutorials on how to use the portal here.

Students should submit their committee appointment request three weeks before the exam date. This is essential so all relevant units can review and approve the committee before the exam. If the committee is not appointed before the day of the exam, it could mean that the exam must be rescheduled.

Please do not schedule the final exam with the committee until the research director has given you approval to do so.  Once they have done so, you may schedule the exam and distribute a copy of your paper (dissertation, thesis, or scholarly essay) to your committee at least three weeks before the intended exam date.

Beginning January 2024, your exam request will be denied if the final exam request form is not submitted at least three weeks before the intended exam date.


Recital Scheduling
Deposit Deadlines
Format requirements for Dissertation, Thesis, and Scholarly Essay
Timeline for Final Defense and Graduation

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