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Orals

Past Orals Lists

MTL students are required to take an oral examination, covering the student’s areas of concentration, normally in the third year of graduate study. It is a two-hour oral examination administered by four faculty members specializing in the student’s areas of concentration, and a chair from another department. The exam is based on a substantial reading list prepared by the student in conjunction with the faculty committee and designed to cover the areas of expertise pertinent to the student’s dissertation project.

In preparation for their orals, some students may wish to view reading lists from previous oral examinations.  To do so, students should consider the academic interests listed for more advanced students and recent alumni and then request specific reading lists from the archives by contacting the MTL office staff.