Candidacy and Satisfactory Progress

Admission to Candidacy

Students normally are admitted to candidacy when they have a dissertation topic approved by their supervisory committee and have passed the written and oral parts of the qualifying examination.

Satisfactory Progress Criteria

Graduate students in mathematics are required to make satisfactory progress. Students not making satisfactory progress will be placed on probation. If probationary status is not resolved by the end of the semester in which it is initiated, the student will not be allowed to continue as a graduate student in mathematics and any guarantee of support will be terminated. Exceptions to the rules will be made through written appeals to the Graduate coordinator or the Graduate Committee. Graduate students in mathematics must meet university requirements for satisfactory progress (see the subsection on Unsatisfactory Progress or Unsatisfactory Scholarship in the General Regulations section of the Graduate Catalog). Addition, the Department of Mathematics requires the following:

  • Course and Grade Requirements
    • During their first year, PhD students must take at least two 5000+ mathematics courses each semester.
    • During their second year, PhD students normally take two 6000+ sequences leading to PhD written exams and complete their schedule with courses that fulfill their degree goals, either applied courses for an applied degree, additional 6000+ courses for a proposed area of research or for the distribution requirements.
    • After the first two years, PhD students must take at least one 5000+ mathematics course per semester. A student can count a reading/research course, e.g. MAT 6905, MAT 6910, MAT 7979, MAT 7980, for at most two non-summer terms. At most five credits of MAT 6910 count toward the degree.
    • The distribution requirements are normally completed by the end of the fourth year of graduate study and must be completed by the fall of the fifth year of graduate study.
    • Each mathematics graduate student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  • First Year, Qualifying and Language Exams
    • PhD students must pass at least one First Year Semester Exam by May of the first full academic year of graduate study, at least two by August of that year, and three parts by the following February. Students who fail to achieve one of these three milestones will be transferred to the master’s program.
    • Students must complete the written part of the Qualifying Exam by the fall offering of exams in the fourth year of graduate study, a year later than normal progress. Students who are granted a waiver of the First Year Examination must complete the written part of the Qualifying Exam by the fall offering of exams in the third year of study.
    • Students must take the oral part of the Qualifying Exam prior to the midpoint of the fall semester of the fourth year of graduate study.
    • The Language Exam must be passed prior to the oral part of the Qualifying Exam for students entering on or after May 1, 2013; by the end of the fourth year of graduate study for students entering between May 18, 2012 and May 1, 2013.
  • Dissertation Advisor and Supervisory Committee
    • A PhD student is expected to have a dissertation advisor and supervisory committee by the end of the Spring semester of the second year; failure to have one by January of the third year will result in academic probation.
    • At no time after the end of the third year may a PhD student be without a dissertation advisor and supervisory committee. If you change advisors at any time, you must notify the Graduate Secretary.
    • A PhD supervisory committee should consist of five approved faculty members: the advisor, an external member (a graduate faculty member not affiliated with the Department of Mathematics), and three additional members. Usually at least three members of the committee are graduate faculty in the UF Department of Mathematics.
  • Time Limits
    • The Ph.D. requirements must be completed by the end of the Summer B/C semester of the eighth calendar year after the first term enrolled in any University of Florida mathematics graduate program.