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  
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 - Spring Semester 2021

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 TBA.

Friday, January 15, 2021    9am - 12pm Friday, January 15, 2021     2 - 5pm Tuesday, January 19, 2021    2 - 5pm
COMPSCI 516
Data Intensive Computer Systems
Sudeepa Roy
COMPSCI 520
Numerical Analysis
Xiaobai Sun
COMPSCI 534
Computational Complexity
John Reif
Syllabus Syllabus Syllabus
Course COMPSCI 516 will not be taught in Spring 2021, but the Qual Exam will be offered.   Course COMPSCI 534 is offered every other Spring. It was taught in Spring 2021, and will not be taught in Spring 2022. The Qual Exam is offered every Spring.

Qualifying Exams - Fall Semester 2021

The courses listed below will have a qualifying exam offered prior to the start of the fall 2021 semester. Students interested in taking one or more of these exams should register by August 10, 2021.

Monday
August 16, 2021
9am - 12pm

Wednesday
August 18, 2021
9am - 12pm
Thursday
August 19, 2021
2 - 5pm
COMPSCI 531
Algorithms
Pankaj Agarwal
COMPSCI 570
Artificial Intelligence
Vince Conitzer
COMPSCI 550
Architecture
Daniel Sorin
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.