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 Offered as a Core Qual with exam in Spr 2021.
  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.

Date and Time TBA Date and Time TBA Date and Time TBA
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 will be taught in Spring 2021, and will not be taught in Spring 2022. The Qual Exam is offered every Spring.

Qualifying Exams - Fall Semester 2020

The courses listed below will have a qualifying exam offered prior to the start of the fall 2020 semester. Proctored exams will be given on Zoom; students interested in taking one or more of these exams should register by TBA.

Tuesday
August 11, 2020
2 - 5pm
Wednesday
August 12, 2020
9am - 12pm
Thursday
August 13, 2020
2 - 5pm
Friday
August 14, 2020
9am - 12pm
COMPSCI 531
Algorithms
John Reif
COMPSCI 570
Artificial Intelligence
Ron Parr
COMPSCI 550
Architecture
Daniel Sorin
COMPSCI 510
Operating Systems
Jeff Chase
Syllabus 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.