Princeton University

School of Engineering & Applied Science

Student Presenting

General Exam

The General Examination consists of a research seminar and an oral exam. It must be completed before the end of the second year of study, The seminar is a 45-minute presentation of research accomplished at Princeton. It is intended to indicate that a student is capable of independent research and has started a research topic that has the potential to lead to a doctoral dissertation. The oral exam is administered by the examining committee and is held not more than one month after the research seminar, and within the periods set by the Graduate School for the general exam. The examination committee is composed of at least three Princeton faculty members, one of whom must be Department faculty, and one whose research is outside the immediate research area of the student. The committee is selected by the research advisor in consultation with the student. Following the oral exam, the committee makes a recommendation to the Department, and Department faculty make the final decision.