- A Ph.D. student, who is supported by our department or the university,
is required to attend regularly one of the seminars (besides the
colloquiums) in our department and must give a presentation by the end
of his/her third semester. He/She is strongly encouraged to present in
his/her second semester. A student who fails to give a satisfactory
presentation (judged by the faculty members present in the seminars)
might lose his/her financial support in his/her third year.
Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam
The following is the procedure to complete the comprehensive exam for PhD students. The details can found on the Graduate Bulletin under the section 'Master and Doctoral Examinations' and the instruction on Form 301A. If there is any discrepancy between the two sources, one should go by Form 301A.
- Arrange your exam committee with your thesis advisor (the chair of the committee). The committee must include three professors(tenure or tenure-track) in our department, including your thesis advisor, and one IIT professor outside our department.
- File the Graduate College Form 301A two weeks before your comprehensive exam
to the Graduate College, but the deadline for filing the form is different every semester (about 2 weeks before the classes end) and can be found at
The Form 301A can be downloaded at
- Remind your advisor that the exam result form (Form 309) should be submitted within 72 hours of the exam time and at least one week prior to the last day of classes.