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
|Introduction to Algorithms
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|
Data Intensive Computer Systems
|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.
August 18, 2021
9am - 12pm
August 19, 2021
2 - 5pm
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.