The RQE in Area II
The RQE is normally taken on or near completion of a Master's research project or comparable research experience--- preferably at the end of the third graduate term, and in not later than the end of the fourth graduate term.
The Area II Chair appoints a two person RQE Committee. The student will provide the committee, two weeks prior to the exam, a conference-style (less than 20 double-spaced pages) paper based on original research by the student (usually the SM or MEng thesis). The RQE Committee conducts an oral examination in which the student is asked to present his/her research and to defend it in discussion. See Memo 3806 for more details.