M.S. students are not required to pass the Ph.D. Qualifying Exam (see §III.B.1) in order to earn the M.S. degree. However, to remain in good academic standing, M.S. students must pass the Qualifying Exam within 2 years (+1 month) of arrival and pass at least one (as yet) un-passed section of each exam administered. Consequences of not maintaining good academic standing are described in §II.A.5.