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I gathered information on math PhD qualifying exams at the following peer institutions: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Purdue, Iowa, Wisconsin. Five of the ten have an option for a logic qualifying exam, and all ten have qualifying exam systems that are much more flexible than ours.

This data seems to support the view that we ought to have a more flexible system, or an option for a logic qualifying exam, or both.

Stephen G Simpson
Sun Apr 19 19:59:54 EDT 1998