To be admitted to candidacy for the PhD degree, you must pass three qualifying exams— two written and one oral.
The written exams are called Part I Qualifiers and test your
knowledge of applied and theoretical topics. The applied exam
covers the topics taught in STA 641 and STA 642, while the
theoretical exam covers STA
621 and STA
622. You are allowed a maximum of two attempts to pass each
After you pass both Part I Qualifiers, you may take the oral exam, called the Part II Qualifier. This is an oral defense of your proposed dissertation project. You must submit the dissertation proposal in writing to members of your supervisory committee at least two weeks prior to the oral exam. The exam is conducted by your supervisory committee, but may be attended by any member of the faculty. Immediately after the exam, the supervisory committee will evaluate your performance.
Upon successful completion of Part I and II exams, you may
submit an Application to Candidacy Form—a form required to
officially become a candidate for conferral of a PhD
degree—to the UB Graduate School.