All Agricultural Economics PhD students are required to pass a comprehensive Qualifier Exam. The Qualifier is administered twice a year on the Monday before classes begin for the first Summer term and on August 1 (if August 1 falls on a weekend the exam will be held the first weekday prior to August 1). Traditional PhD students are required to take the Qualifier in May of their first year. Straight-through PhD students are required to take the Qualifier in May of their second year. Click here for past qualifier exams.
Preliminary Examinations will be administered twice a year on the Thursday before classes begin for the Spring semester and first Summer term of each year. All PhD students are required to pass one written field preliminary exam in (1) Markets and Information Economics or (2) Environmental and Resource Economics, and one oral preliminary exam. The oral preliminary exam is administered after the student has passed the written field preliminary exam and before the administration of the next round of written field exams.
Students normally take the departmental field preliminary examination the first time it is offered after they have completed the required field courses. Normally, this will be in May of the second year of study for traditional PhD students and May of the third year for straight-through PhD students. The Preliminary Examination must be taken no later than the end of the semester following the completion of the formal coursework on the degree plan. Click here for past preliminary exams.