New Student Placement Exam
If you are a new student entering as a PhD student and have mastered the material in STAT 512 and 513, you may take the New PhD Student Placement Exam in September. A strong performance on the placement exam will allow you to waive STAT 512 and 513 and the First Year Theory Exam. Students who choose this path would then proceed with second-year theory coursework (STAT 581, 582, 583).
First Year Theory Exam
The First Year Theory Exam covers the basic elements of statistical inference as taught in STAT 512 and 513. This exam is usually held the first Tuesday after Spring quarter ends. The exam typically offers six questions. You choose to be graded on five of the six questions. If you are an MS student, you must pass this exam at least at the MS level. MS Students passing at the PhD level are eligible to apply to the PhD program. PhD students who take STAT 512 and 513 must take this exam, but are not required to pass at any level (the exam is advisory).
- Review study materials and learn more about the First Year Theory Exam in the Advising website.
PhD Theory Exam
The PhD Theory Exam is given in late August. This comprehensive exam covers theory material learned in both the first and second years of the program. The exam usually offers seven questions of which the student test taker chooses five to complete.
- Access study materials and learn more about the PhD Theory Exam in the Advising website.
PhD Applied Exam
The PhD Applied Exam is given in late August of the second year in the program. The exam covers Applied and Data Analysis coursework. In addition to courses, RA work and internships can provide opportunities which help you prepare for the exam. The exam consists of two parts: an online written exam and an in-person oral exam.
- Access study materials and more details about the PhD Applied Exam in the Advising website.
The General Examination enables your Doctoral Committee to assess whether the you have sufficient background of study and preparation of topic to merit commencement of your dissertation. Passing the General Exam means that you are formally a PhD Candidate.
- Get a more detailed step-by-step overview of the General Exam in the Advising website.
The purpose of the Final Examination is to enable your Doctoral Committee to assess whether you have produced a dissertation that is a significant contribution to biostatistical knowledge and yourself have PhD-level training in biostatistical research.
- Get a more detailed step-by-step overview of the Final Exam in the Advising website.