Sunday, May 1, 2011

Qualifying Exams

Qualifying exams mark in an MA program when you are able to start teaching your own classes. In a PhD program it is when one starts work on a dissertation. One should prepare for this exam as early as possible, while any dedicated philosophy student shouldn't have a problem with it,  it can make your life difficult if you do not pass it. In many programs you can take it early or multiple times.   Teaching ones own class would be highly rewarding with regard to experience teaching. Teaching positions as a grad usually pay more than graders. Comprehensive examination are designed to test your background in key philosophical areas such as ethics, modern philosophy and ancient.

Here are some links to material on the subject:

For theology:

Sample from New School of Social Research:

Prep packet with sample questions:

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