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  Introduction to Algorithms
COMPSCI 534 *  Computational Complexity
II COMPSCI 516 ** Data Intensive Computer 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

**Course COMPSCI 516 will replace COMPSCI 510 as a Core Qual Course in Fall 2019. COMPSCI 510 will not be offered in Spring 2020.

Qualifying Exams - Spring Semester

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 January 1, 2019.

Monday
January 6, 2020
9am-12noon
LSRC D106 
Monday
January 6, 2020
2:00-5:00 pm
LSRC D106
Tuesday
January 7, 2020
2:00-5:00 pm
LSRC D106
COMPSCI 510
Operating Systems
COMPSCI 520
Numerical Analysis

COMPSCI 534 *
Computational Complexity

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*Course COMPSCI 534 is ONLY offered every other Spring. It is not offered in Spring 2020, and will be offered again in Spring 2021. The Qual Exam is offered every Spring.

Qualifying Exams - Fall Semester

The courses listed below will have a qualifying exam offered prior to the start of the fall 2019 semester. Students interested in taking one or more of these exams should register by Wednesday, August 14, 2019.

Monday
August 19, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
LSRC D106
Tuesday
August 20, 2019
2:00 - 5:00 PM
LSRC D106
Wednesday
August 21, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
LSRC D106
Thursday
August 22, 2019
9:00 - 12:00 Noon
LSRC D106
COMPSCI 531
Algorithms
John Reif
COMPSCI 516
Database Systems
Sudeepa Roy
COMPSCI 570
Artificial Intelligence
Ron Parr
COMPSCI 550
Architecture
Alvin Lebeck
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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.