Qualifying Examination

You must pass the Qualifying Examination, covering probability theory and statistics at the level of the core courses. The Qualifying Examination is typically taken at the end of the first year, and must be passed before the start of the third year. The exam consists of two parts:

  • a 4-hour closed book in-class portion, and
  • a take-home applied statistics component.

The in-class portion is scheduled early in the week of Spring Semester after final exams. The take-home problem is distributed at the end of the in-class exam, with a due-time 72 hours later. 

Exams from previous years are available to view in our Duke Box Folder. Since the first year curriculum has been revised over time, exams from earlier years may cover material that is less relevant. You are encouraged to form study groups to review for the exam.

Access Exams in Duke Box