Preliminary Exams in Mathematics
PhD students are required to pass three preliminary exams in mathematics. Students for whom core courses have been waived must still take preliminary exams. MS students may pass three preliminary exams to satisfy the creative component of their degree. The topics of the exams are
Algebra
Linear Analysis
Numerical Analysis
Ordinary Differential Equations
Topology
Exams are offered twice yearly, in January and August. Students must
take at least two exams at a time, unless they have only one remaining
exam to pass. Students may not take an exam in any one subject more
than three times.
For the January 2018 exams, students must sign up by December 31 2017 and
may not unregister after January 12th. A noshow at an exam will count as
a failed attempt. To sign up for Preliminary exams please email Dr
Harbir Lamba (hlamba@gmu.edu) from your official GMU email account and
state the exam(s) you wish to sit. Since students are not allowed to
sit exams unless they have taken the associated course at GMU, or have
prior permission to do so, please provide Dr Lamba with the following
information in the email: the semester that you took the course(s),
the instructor(s), and the grade(s).
Preliminary Exam schedule for January 2018.
All exams will be held in Exploratory Hall, Room 4106.
Algebra 
Monday, January 15, 1012 
Numerical Analysis 
Monday, January 15, 24 
ODEs 
Tuesday, January 16, 1012 
Topology 
Tuesday, January 16, 24 
Analysis 
Wednesday, January 17, 1012 
Syllabi for Preliminary Exams
Algebra
Linear Analysis
Ordinary Differential Equations
Numerical Analysis
Topology
Previous Exams
Algebra
August 2006
January 2007
August 2007
January 2008
August 2008
January 2009
January 2010
August 2010
January 2011
August 2011
January 2012
August 2012
August 2013
January 2014
August 2014
January 2015
August 2015
January 2016
August 2016
August 2017
Linear Analysis
August 2006
January 2007
August 2007
January 2008
August 2008
January 2009
August 2009
January 2010
August 2010
January 2011
August 2011
January 2012
August 2012
August 2013
January 2014
August 2014 *The original version had a typo in problem 2(b), so that question is different here (and did not count for the actual prelim).
January 2015
August 2015
January 2016
August 2016
January 2017
Numerical Analysis
January 2011
August 2011
January 2012
August 2012
January 2013
August 2013
January 2014
August 2014
August 2015
January 2016
August 2016
January 2017
August 2017
Ordinary Differential Equations
August 2006
January 2007
August 2007
January 2008
No exam was given in August 2008
January 2009
August 2009
January 2010
No exam was given in August 2010
January 2011
August 2011
January 2012
January 2013
August 2013
January 2014
August 2014
January 2015
August 2015
January 2016
August 2016
Topology
August 2006
January 2007
August 2007
January 2008
August 2008
January 2009
August 2009
January 2010
August 2010
No exam was given in January 2011
August 2011
January 2012
August 2012
January 2013
August 2013
January 2014
August 2014
January 2015
August 2016
