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FSAN Examinations and Dissertation Information

Qualifying Examination

The qualifying written exam, taken at the end of your first year, is based on the program’s core curriculum courses. You will receive a Pass or Fail grade for each of the six subjects in the qualifying examination.

  • If you have received more than one grade of C or below in the core curriculum courses, you are ineligible to take the qualifying exam.
  • If you have received a C or below in one course, you must pass all six subjects of the qualifying exam in order to advance in the program.
  • If you have not received any grade of C or below in the core curriculum courses, you must pass five out of six subjects on the exam.

You may retake the exam in the subject(s) in which you receive less than a passing grade if you have passed three or more subjects in the first attempt. Qualifying examinations are offered in the summer, and the retake exam is scheduled in December of the following fall semester.

A summer research paper is also required, as part of the qualifying exam. This paper is due by the end of your third semester.

Dissertation Committee

After you pass the qualifying exam and no later than the end of your second year of study, you will establish a dissertation committee of at least four faculty members. You will consult with your dissertation committee to develop your customized program of study.

Candidacy Requirements

You must complete the Ph.D. candidacy requirements by the end of your third year. You will submit a formal, detailed research project proposal to your dissertation committee and give an oral defense.

Upon the recommendation of the dissertation committee, you may be admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree.

Requirements for admission to doctoral candidacy:

  1. Complete at least one academic year of full-time graduate study in residence at the University of Delaware.
  2. Pass the qualifying exam.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to perform research.
  4. Have a research project accepted by the dissertation committee.

Written Dissertation and Oral Defense Requirements
The dissertation requirements involve the approval of your written dissertation and an oral defense. Your dissertation must have application and interest to cutting-edge practices in FSAN and must also be published.

The oral presentation is open to the public and all members of the FSAN program.

FSAN Elective Courses List

FSAN 817/ELEG 817 – Large Scale Machine Learning
MISY 831/FSAN 831 – Enterprise Information Systems
ACCT 804 – Database Design and Implementation
ACCT 806 – Object Oriented Systems Analysis, Design and Implementation
ACCT 817 – Information Technologies Audit
ACCT 820 – Financial Statement Analysis
APEC 802 – Operations Research Applications
APEC 807 – Math Programming with Economic Applications
CISC 681 – Artificial Intelligence
CISC 684 – Introduction to Machine Learning
CISC 886 – Multi Agent Systems
ECON 622 – Applied Econometrics I
ECON 861 – Industrial Organization and Regulation
ELEG 630 – Information Theory
ELEG 636 – Statistical Signal Processing
ELEG 657 – Search and Data Mining
ELEG 655 – High-Performance Computing with Commodity Hardware
FINC 855 – Capital Markets and Financial Institutions
FINC 856 – Financial Engineering and Risk Management
FINC 870 – Theory of Financial Decision Making
FINC 871 – Workshop in Finance: Seminar
MATH 612 – Computational Methods for Equation Solving and Function Minimization
MATH 630 – Probability Theory and Applications
MATH 631 – Introduction to Stochastic Processes
MATH 672 – Vector Spaces
MATH 829 – Topics in Mathematics
STAT 601 – Probability Theory for Operations Research and Statistics
STAT 602 – Mathematical Statistics
STAT 611 – Regression Analysis
STAT 615 – Design and Analysis of Experiments
STAT 617 – Multivariate Methods
STAT 620 – Nonparametric Statistics
STAT 674 – Applied Database Management
STAT 675 – Logistic Regression