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Mathematics: Graduate Student Library Orientation: Comprehensive Exam

This guide is a companion to the Graduate Student Library Orientation (GSLO) presentation, geared to teaching grad students the information literacy skills necessary to performing graduate-level research.

The Exam

AcePhD candidates are required to pass a series of exams, two comprehensive exams and a specialty exam.  Exams may only be retaken once, so it is very important to be prepared!  The exams cover

  1. Linear and Abstract Algebra
  2. Real analysis, basic complex analysis, and general topology

Below are some recommended resources for preparing for the comprehensive exams.  All titles are available to borrow from Hamilton Library.

For more information, please refer to the Requirements for the PhD in Mathematics page on the math department website.

Comprehensive Exam Resources

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