III. Qualifying examinations

1. When and How Students Should Take the Qualifying Exams

Qualifying examinations are administered immediately following spring break during the spring semester. All required courses in the major and related field must have been completed in order to take the qualifying exams, with the exception of MUPH 6010, which will typically be taken in the same semester. Other opportunities to take the qualifying exams can be petitioned by the student to their graduate committee. Be prepared to spend three full days on the qualifying examination. Ph.D. students are required to take the Qualifying Examinations no later than the third long semester after they have completed all course requirements. Any portions of the Qualifying Examination that are not passed must be retaken in the subsequent long semester. If upon a second try there are still portions that have not been passed, they must be retaken in the following long semester. Students may take any portion of the exam no more than three times. 

2. Description

The examination consists of six components. A written 3-hour exam will be taken in each of the core areas: hearing, musculoskeletal, mental, and vocal health. An additional project will be assigned at the end of the written exam. Each student will be given an individualized assignment designed to assess their preparation to move on to the development of the proposal for the dissertation. The assignment will be completed and submitted to the major professor within one week. Each part of the qualifying examination will be written and graded by the appropriate member of the TCPAH faculty.

The qualifying exam for the related field may vary according to the common practice of the field of study, but will typically include a three-hour exam as well. The related field portion will be provided and graded by the related field advisor. The grade of “pass” or “fail” will be given as a single grade for each of the six components. An oral examination may be requested by the faculty for borderline grades on any or all sections of the test. Each of the six components of the examination may be taken a maximum of three times.