Preliminary Written Exams

2018-19 Prelim Written Exam Dates

(American, Comparative, Methods, Theory and International Relations - NEW format)


July 12, 2019 - Sign-up deadline: June 12, 2019
September 27, 2019 - Sign-up deadline: August 27, 2019
February 7, 2020 - Sign-up deadline: January 7, 2020
July 10, 2020 - Sign-up deadline: June 10, 2020

Notes:

The new format of the International Relations Preliminary exam is available to all current students. It is required for students matriculating Fall 2018 and later. Students will receive the Category 1 (theory) question on the sign-up deadline. Category 2 & 3 questions will be distributed 1 week before the prelim date above. All responses are due on the prelim date (above).

The Comparative Prelim Written exam begins two weeks before the dates above (the exam is due on the above dates).

See the Field Guidelines for more details.

Graduate students have access to previous exam questions.

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OLD FORMAT (2018-19 International Relations Prelim Written Exam Schedule):

(Note: only students who matriculated prior to Fall 2018 have this option.)

Summer 2019 IR Prelim schedule (old format):

  • May 3, 2019 - deadline for draft of critical literature review topic to IR Field Chair (Nisha Fazal)
  • May 3, 2019 - sign-up deadline; submit prelim sign-up sheet to Jessie
  • May 17, 2019 - students receive IR field approval of critical literature review topic
  • 12 noon, July 5, 2019 - critical literature review is due and students receive take-home theory exam
  • 12 noon July 12, 2018 - take-home theory exam is due

Fall 2019 IR Prelim schedule (old format):

  • July 5, 2019 - deadline for draft of critical literature review topic to IR Field Chair
  • July 5, 2019 - sign up deadline; submit prelim sign-up sheet to Jessie
  • July 19, 2019 - students receive IR field approval of critical literature review topic
  • 12 noon, September 20, 2019 - critical literature review is due and students receive take-home theory exam
  • 12 noon, September 27, 2019 - take-home theory exam is due

Winter 2019-20 IR Prelim schedule (old format):

  • September 20, 2019 - deadline for draft of critical literature review topic to IR Field Chair
  • September 20, 2019 - sign- up deadline; submit prelim sign-up sheet to Jessie
  • October 4, 2019 - students receive IR Field approval of critical literature review topic
  • 12 noon, December 6, 2019 critical literature review is due and students receive take-home theory exam
  • 12 noon, December 20, 2019 - take-home theory exam is due

Summer 2020 IR Prelim schedule (old format):

  • May 1, 2020 - deadline for draft of critical literature review topic to IR Field Chair
  • May 1, 2020 - sign-up deadline; submit prelim sign-up sheet to Jessie
  • May 15, 2020 - students receive IR field approval of critical literature review topic
  • 12 noon, July 17, 2020 - critical literature review is due and students receive take-home theory exam
  • 12 noon July 24, 2020 - take-home theory exam is due