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 2022
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 1, 2021.
|Monday, January 3, 2022 9am - 12pm||Monday, January 3, 2022 2 - 5pm||Tuesday, January 4, 2022 2 - 5pm|
Data Intensive Computer Systems
|Course COMPSCI 516 will be offered in Spring 2021.||Course COMPSCI 534 is offered every other Spring. It will not be taught in Spring 2022, but the 534 Exam will be offered in Spring 2022.|
Qualifying Exams - Fall Semester 2022
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 TBA.
TBA August 2022 9am - 12pm
|TBA August 2022
9am - 12pm
|TBA August 2022
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.