Ph.D. Oral Exam

  • Only students admitted to the M.S./Ph.D. or the Ph.D. programs are permitted to sign up for the oral exam.
  • All Ph.D. students are expected to take the exam no later than their third semester.
  • You must be registered for the semester the exam is taken.
  • You must have a minimum cumulative 3.5 GPA in courses taken at Berkeley while in graduate standing. Grade units of 299 and 298 are not included in the computation.  As of November 2018, the Faculty Head Graduate Advisors have determined that the GPA threshold for the major may be rounded to two digits, but this still must be greater than or equal to 3.5.