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February 28, 2005

Quals at SLIS IU

I have had several questions from readers about the quals process to which I keep referring. I thought it might be useful to give you a link to the Qualifying Exam Guidelines - the guideline details the process in a fairly concise two pages - used by my department the School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University.

This process is equivalent to what some other U.S. Ph.D. students refer to as "sitting for exams," though our process differs significantly in several areas. First we write a lengthy literature review on a topic which is worked out with ones advisory committee. Second the paper is both broad and deep, and therefore it takes more then one semester to develop, where as most "exam" takers can read the last group of required literature for their exams while taking a single preparatory class for the same. Finally the completed exam paper is voted upon by the entire faculty of the department rather then simply ones committee members.

The following useful general overview is taken from the Indiana University Graduate School 2004-2005 Academic Bulletin:

Qualifying Examination

This examination, given at such time and in such manner as the major department shall determine, shall be written, although additional oral examinations may be required. The qualifying examination shall cover the major subjects and may, at the discretion of the minor department(s) or the interdepartmental committee, cover the minor subjects as well.

Normally, the qualifying examination is taken after the student has completed all course work for the Ph.D. All such work offered in partial fulfillment of degree requirements must either have been completed within seven consecutive calendar years of the passing of the qualifying examination or be revalidated according to procedures outlined in this bulletin (see Revalidation).4 Reading proficiency required in one or more foreign languages must also have been demonstrated, whether by course work or examination, no more than seven years before the passing of the qualifying examination. In the case of an examination of more than one part, the date of passing is regarded as the date of passing the final portion of the examination, typically the oral examination. Students who fail the qualifying examination are normally allowed to retake it only once. The qualifying examination must be passed at least eight months before the date the degree is awarded.

I hope that makes the process a bit more understandable, as it seems there is a wide variety of ways one completes this process dependent upon which university and department/school thereof you are attached.

Posted by prolurkr at February 28, 2005 10:56 AM

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