The objective of the comprehensive examination is to assess depth and breadth of knowledge in the emphasis area and readiness to undertake dissertation research. The comprehensive examination includes a written portion and an optional oral portion. The need for the oral portion is determined by the supervisory committee. The written portion consists of written responses to a series of questions from three topical areas, depending on area of emphasis:
- Computational Science & Engineering: choose three from the following four areas: (1) MATH 527 Intro to Applied Math for Scientists & Engineers and MATH 572 Computational Statistics, (2) CS 565/MATH 565 Numerical Methods I and CS 566/MATH 566 Numerical Methods II, (3) CS 507 Computing Foundations for Computational Science, and Select CS 530 Parallel Computing or ME 571 Parallel Scientific Computing, and (4) application area approved by the supervisory committee.
- Computer Science: the three topic areas are: (1) CS 521 Design and Analysis of Algorithms or CS 561 Theory of Computation, (2) CS 554 Advanced Operating Systems, and (3) CS 573 Advanced Software Engineering.
- Cyber Security: the three topics areas are (1) CS 567 Applied Cryptography or both MATH 508 Advanced Public Key Cryptology and MATH 509 Symmetric Key Cryptology, (2) CS 575 Software Security, and (3) CS 622 Advanced Network Security.