Qualifying Exams

During their first two years in the PhD program, students must receive a "Quals Pass" (B+ or better) in three core qual courses - one each from I, II, and III - and a fourth "Quals Pass" in a course from any on the core or elective list.

Core Qual Courses

I COMPSCI 531 OR COMPSCI 532 Introduction to Algorithms OR 
Design & Analysis of Algorithms
Either, but only one, of these two courses may count as credit for the Qual requirement; credit for passing the exam is given for 531.
COMPSCI 534 Computational Complexity Course COMPSCI 534 is ONLY offered every other Spring, although the exam is offered every year. See schedule below.
II COMPSCI 510 Operating Systems  
COMPSCI 550 Advanced Computer Architecture  
  COMPSCI 516 Data Intensive Computer Systems  
III COMPSCI 520 Numerical Analysis  
COMPSCI 570 Artificial Intelligence  

Elective Qual Courses

  COMPSCI 512 Distributed Information Systems  
  COMPSCI 514 Computer Networks  
  COMPSCI 516 Data Intensive Computer Systems  
  COMPSCI 527 Computer Vision  
  COMPSCI 554 Fault Tolerant and Testable Computing  
  COMPSCI 555 Probability for Electrical and Computer Engineers  
COMPSCI 671 Machine Learning  

Qualifying Exams - Fall Semester 2022

The courses listed below will have a qualifying exam offered prior to the start of the fall semester. Students interested in taking one or more of these exams should register by the deadline TBA.

Monday, August 22, 2022
9am - 12pm
LSRC D106
Wednesday, August 24, 2022
9am - 12pm
LSRC D106
Thursday, August 25, 2022
2 - 5pm
LSRC D106
Friday, August 26, 2022
9am - 12pm
LSRC D106
COMPSCI 531
Algorithms
John Reif
COMPSCI 570
Artificial Intelligence
Ron Parr
COMPSCI 550
Architecture
Lisa Wills
COMPSCI 510
Operating Systems
Matt Lentz
Syllabus Syllabus Syllabus Syllabus

Qualifying Exams - Spring Semester 2023

The courses listed below will have a qualifying exam offered prior to the start of the spring semester. Students interested in taking one or more of these exams should register by the deadline TBA.

TBA January 2023 TBA January 2023 TBA January 2023
COMPSCI 516
Data Intensive Computer Systems
TBA
COMPSCI 520
Numerical Analysis
TBA
COMPSCI 534
Computational Complexity
TBA
Syllabus Syllabus Syllabus

To register for a qual exam, send an email to gpc at cs.duke.edu. For more details on the qual requirement, see the Qualification Requirement section of the Computer Science PhD Degree Requirements.