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The Pre-Qualifying Meeting

At least six months before the qualifying examination, at the end of the sixth or seventh quarter of study, the committee chair, in consultation with the student, arranges a pre-qualifying meeting with the entire committee to discuss and finalize the reading lists and to approve the topic and focus of the research paper that will comprise the student's qualifying project.

Prior to the meeting, the student will have prepared and circulated to members of the committee the following:

  • A draft of two reading lists
  • A brief (one-page) description of the rationale, scope and focus of each list.
  • A one-page abstract of the qualifying paper, with an attached preliminary bibliography.
  • A brief statement detailing the relationships among the lists and the paper and their relationship to the proposed dissertation topic.

Following the pre-qualifying meeting, the committee chair should fill out and sign the "Report on the Pre-qualifying Meeting." The student should then file the form and copies of all the pre-qualifying documents with the graduate office.

Graduate Coordinator
Kristin Carnohan
115 Literature Building
(858) 534-3217

Application Open:
9/1 - 12/1 (deadline)