Preliminary Exam Dates & Registration Procedure

Preliminary examinations are administered twice a year, normally in early May and early December. Each student will have three days of testing in a two-week period. Each test period is five hours in length.

Students must apply to take prelims at the beginning of the full semester prior to that in which they plan to take them. Application must be made a minimum of 90 days prior to the first exam date. Application may be made no sooner than the semester in which you register for the 36th hour of your final 48 hours (exclusive of dissertation). You may not take the exams in any semester in which you have more than three hours of class work in progress.

The prelims must be taken no later than the third time they are offered after the semester in which you complete your 48 hours of coursework.

You may register for preliminary exams by filling out the application form found hereIf you experience trouble submitting your registration form, please contact the Information Technology Services Help Desk at (254) 710-4357.


Students preparing for preliminary examinations may wish to make use of the Graduate Research Center (GRC) and its various services. For more information click here.