|Ph.D. Preliminary Examination Application Form for 2016-2017|
|The examination is scheduled for the period January 13, 2017 to January 14, 2017|
|Sorry, the deadline for applying to the Ph.D. Preliminary Examination has already passed|
|Please read the general instructions below to learn about the structure of the Ph.D. Preliminary Examination.|
|Application Period: November 16, 2016 to November 30, 2016|
Purpose of the Exam
The purpose of the PhD preliminary exam is to assess the student's competency in the discipline, knowledge of the fundamentals, and potential for independent research. The examination provides the faculty with an opportunity to evaluate the student's presentation and communication skills, the student's level of confidence in the mastery of the discipline, and the student's ability to tackle unfamiliar problems in real time.
Frequency of the Exam
The exam is administered by the department and takes place once every year. For the 2016-2017 academic year it will take place January 13-14, 2017.
Registering for the Examination
If you do not meet the following eligibility requirements, then your prelim registration or any PASS result is considered void. It is your responsibility to ensure that you meet these requirements, and department's failure to detect these before you take the exam is not an excuse and any prelim PASS result will be retroactively voided and the attempt counted against your permissible two attempts:
Selection of Examiners
[Circuits and Embedded Systems] [Physical and Wave Electronics] [Signals and Systems]
Dropping Out from the Examination
Following registration, students can only drop their participation in the PhD Preliminary Examination upon approval by the Vice-Chair of Graduate Affairs with a petition to this effect. The petition must be filed at least three weeks prior to the start of the examination and must contain a valid justification such as an emergency situation or medical reasons. Dropping the examination without approval will count towards the limit of two attempts by the student in the PhD Preliminary Examination.
Following the examination, students who failed and wish to appeal the decision may do so. However, this must be done within one month from the date the examination results are announced. The petition should be filed using the standard petition form provided for this purpose by the Office of Student Affairs in the Department. Any appeal of the decision must be based on making a positive case for overturning the original decision by highlighting and providing evidence of factors such as proven research and academic excellence. Dissatisfaction with or complaints about specific examiners are not generally considered as valid grounds for the appeal. The appeal petition should also be supported by a letter from the student's advisor making a case for reconsideration of the decision to fail. The appeal would be considered by the Vice Chair of Graduate Affairs (or by the Department Chair in case of conflict of interest), who would provide the decision. No repeat appeals would be considered.
Obtaining a doctorate degree from UCLA Electrical Engineering is an outstanding accomplishment. Passing the Ph.D. Preliminary Examination is one step towards achieving this goal. The examination is a highly competitive process. Some students pass the exam and other students fail the exam. You should not share information about the examination with your fellow students until the examination week has finished. Doing so may jeopardize your chances of passing the examination. You will also be in violation of the University Academic Integrity Policy and the UCLA Student Code of Conduct. Students are required to report any infractions of this rule to the Department's Office of Graduate Student Affairs. Acts of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Office of the Dean of Students and serious penalties may apply.