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Ph.D. Oral Qualifying Examination


After passing the Ph.D Preliminary Examination, the student is ready to take the Ph.D. Oral Qualifying Examination. The nature and content of the examination are at the discretion of the doctoral committee, but ordinarily include a broad inquiry into the student's preparation for research. The doctoral committee also reviews the prospectus of the dissertation at the oral qualifying examination. Prior to the qualifying exam, the prospectus must be submitted to the committee at least two weeks in advance.

Students nominate a doctoral committee prior to taking the Ph.D. Oral Qualifying Examination. The doctoral committee consists of a minimum of four members. Three members, including the chair, are inside members and must hold appointments at UCLA in the student's major department in the School. The outside member must be a UCLA faculty member outside the student's major department. By petition, one of the minimum four members may be a faculty member from another UC campus.

Qualifications – no exceptions

The Ph.D. Oral Qualifying Examination must be taken when all course requirements for the Ph.D. program have been completed, and within one year after the student has passed the Ph.D. Preliminary Examination. To take the Ph.D. Oral Qualifying Examination:

  • You must be registered and enrolled during the quarter you plan to take the Ph.D. Oral Qualifying Examination.
  • You must have already passed the Ph.D. Preliminary Examination.
  • You must have completed all course requirements with a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the Ph.D. program.
  • You must have an approved PhD program of Study on file with the EE Office of Student Affairs.

Instructions

  • Once you obtain verbal agreement from the proposed doctoral committee members, submit the Doctoral Committee Nomination form and a one-page abstract to the Office of Student Affairs, room 57-127 EIV, at least two weeks prior to your exam.
  • Once the official approval of the doctoral committee is received, a confirmation of the committee will be emailed to the student by the Graduate Division.
  • Once all the committee members agree on a date for the oral exam, check the online conference room calendars to find out if the time and date your committee has agreed to are available in one of the two conference rooms (57-124 EIV or 67-124 EIV).
  • If there is a room available, contact the Chair's Assistant, (310) 825-2647, to make the reservation. Provide your full name, your advisor's name, and your major area of study. If a room is not available, you will need to contact another department for the reservation.

Important

Notes

  • The Ph.D. Oral Qualifying Exam cannot take place unless the Graduate Division formally approves the doctoral committee. Therefore, the committee nomination form must be submitted at least two weeks before the exam date.
  • If applicable, your non-resident tuition will be waived for 9 quarters once you complete the exam requirement. You must pass your exam prior to the first day of instruction of the quarter it is to be waived.

Advancement to Candidacy

Students are advanced to candidacy upon successful completion of the Ph.D. Preliminary and Oral Qualifying Examinations.

Doctoral Dissertation

Every doctoral degree program requires the completion of an approved dissertation that demonstrates the student's ability to perform original, independent research and constitutes a distinct contribution to knowledge in the principal field of study.

Defense of the Dissertation (or Final Oral Examination)

Required for all Ph.D. students in the program.

Instructions

  • Email for the required template upon which to format your Ph.D. Defense information on.
  • Once all the committee members agree on a date for the defense seminar, check the online conference room to find out if the time and date your committee has agreed to are available in one of the two conference rooms (57-124 EIV or 67-124 EIV).
  • If there is a room available, email your request to eechair@ee.ucla.edu. When making a room reservation request, all of the following information must be included in order to reserve the room:
  • Once your room is reserved, email the Graduate Student Affairs with your name, UID, date, time, location, and title of your dissertation. This should be done at least one week prior to your defense.
  • Once all this information is received your room will be reserved and the information will be announced. Please note that all weekly newsletter entries need to be in by NOON Friday.
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