The objective of the Preliminary Examination is the early assessment of a student’s potential for satisfactory completion of the doctoral degree. The exams are entirely closed books and notes. All students admitted to the Ph.D. program on entry are required to take the examination. Students who enter with a declared M.S. degree goal and who wish to petition for a change in degree goal to Ph.D. or D. Eng must pass the examination before such petitions can be approved.
Authorized grad students may access the Prelim Exams Archive on bDrive
(@berkeley.edu account, and Calnet authentication required)