Qualifying Exam

After the first year of course work, and before the beginning of the third semester, a Qualifying Exam (Q- Exam) must be passed. This exam is based on the material covered in two courses required of all students over their first two semesters in the program: HOA 730 Statistical Analysis for Hospitality and HOA 735 Research Methodology, or their equivalent. The exam is administered based on the following:

  • The Associate Dean for Graduate and International Programs solicits exam questions from the faculty teaching the required courses, conducts the exam, and distributes the completed exams to the faculty who wrote the questions for grading. The final grade determination will include a review by the Director of the Ph.D. Program.
  • Students will be given two opportunities to pass the exam at a standard criterion of 75% on each question. Outside resources are not allowed.
    • The first administration of the exam (two-½ days) will follow students’ second semester in the program (May).
    • Students determined to be below standard on one question on the exam will be given the opportunity to rewrite that question at a second sitting two weeks following the rewrite decision.
    • Students failing to meet the standard on the partial rewrite will be required to retake all parts of a new exam at a second administration (August) and will be placed on probation.
    • Students determined to be below standard on two or more questions on the exam will be given the opportunity to rewrite the entire exam at a second administration (August).
    • Students failing to meet the standard on the new exam or the total rewrite will be recommended for separation from the program to the Graduate College.
    • Students failing to meet the standard on the rewrite (either partial or full) will be recommended for separation from the program to the Graduate College.