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 - 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 December 5, 2022.

Monday, January 9, 2023
9am-12pm
LSRC D106
Monday, January 9, 2023
2pm-5pm
LSRC D106
Tuesday, January 10, 2023
9am-12pm
LSRC D106
COMPSCI 516
Data Intensive Computer Systems
Sudeepa Roy
COMPSCI 520
Numerical Analysis
Xiaobai Sun
COMPSCI 534
Computational Complexity
John Reif
Syllabus Syllabus Syllabus

Qualifying Exams - Fall Semester 2023

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 August 14.

TBA August 2023 TBA August 2023 TBA August 2023 TBA August 2023
COMPSCI 531
Algorithms
TBA
COMPSCI 570
Artificial Intelligence
TBA
COMPSCI 550
Architecture
TBA
COMPSCI 510
Operating Systems
TBA
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.