PhD General Examination
The purpose of the General Examination is to enable the Supervisory Committee to assess whether the student’s background of study and preparation is sufficient to merit commencement of a dissertation. Passing the General Exam means the student is formally a PhD Candidate. When the Graduate School approves candidacy, a student is identified and designated as a candidate for the appropriate doctoral degree and is awarded a candidate certificate. After achieving candidate status, a student ordinarily devotes his or her time primarily to doctoral writing of the dissertation, and preparing for the Final Exam.
IMPORTANT: The General Examination can be scheduled only after the student has met all program requirements except the writing of the dissertation. Also, students may not take the General Examination and Final Examination in the same quarter.
Non-thesis MS/Non-terminal MS
The master’s thesis can be waived for students who have taken and passed all the Ph.D. qualifying examinations at a level appropriate for Ph.D. students. In place of the 18 credits of BIOST 700 and the 8 credits of BIOST 536 and BIOST 537, the student must take and pass all required coursework for the Ph.D. degree, including BIOST 533, BIOST 570, STAT 581, STAT 582, STAT 583, and, depending on their pathway, BIOST 571 and BIOST 572, or BIOST 550, BIOST 551, and BIOST 552. In addition to the above listed coursework, students must take BIOST 590 (consulting), 6 quarters of BIOST 580 or 581 (Seminar) and 6 credits from elective List 2 (Biology or Public Health Emphasis). Minimum 3.0 grade in each of the required courses and 2.7 minimum in elective courses. The requirements listed above are in compliance with UW Graduate School requirements for awarding a non-terminal MS to students continuing on to obtain a Ph.D. NOTE: It takes Graduation and Academic Records about four months to mail out the diploma. If you still have not received the diploma, please contact them directly.
GENERAL EXAM - NEXT STEPS
The General Examination can be scheduled only after the student has met all program requirements except writing the dissertation. Click here for Standard Pathway or click here for StatGen Pathway to ensure you have fulfilled the requirements.
Date, Time, and Room Location
PhD Committee Members noting the committee chair and GSR.
The deadline for Biostatistics Events Calendar announcements is 12:00 PM on Thursday of the week prior to the actual week of your exam.