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Qualifier Exams Guidelines and Requirements

For any questions, contact the Qualifier exam committee chair, Dr. Kyounghee Kim.

General Guidelines

Mathematics qualifier exams are open only to currently enrolled Mathematics graduate students.

Qualifier exams are normally only taken after having completed the required coursework. All other situations must be discussed with the area director.

Incoming students with advanced coursework prior to FSU can attempt qualifiers exams at entry, with the area director's approval. Only passes are recorded.


  1. There is a cap set at two attempts: a qualifier in a given subject will not be given again to a student who has failed it twice.
  2. A student must comply with his/her own area's stated requirements concerning the process toward qualification.

Area Requirements

For the requirements in the different areas, consult the pages below: