Decision Making

In reaching a decision concerning the student's performance in the qualifying examination, the Examining Committee will consider the written evaluation, the answers prepared during the written examination, and the student's performance during the oral examination. The Examining Committee will determine the relative importance given to each of these components. Decision making occurs through a vote, where the result is either satisfactory or unsatisfactory. The student is deemed to have passed the qualifying examination if not more than one of the examiners (including the Chair) votes negatively. An abstention constitutes a negative vote. In the event of failure, the student may repeat the qualifying examination (both written and oral components) once within six months of the first attempt.