UC Berkeley EECS OS Preliminary Exam Syllabus

For the purpose of the exam, we take a broad view of the field of systems. In preparing for the preliminary exam, we hope that you will acquire the context to understand, appreciate, and participate in research published at systems conferences such as OSDI, SOSP, NSDI, EuroSys, and others.

The syllabus is organized as two sections:

  1. Undergraduate material in scope for the exam.
  2. Reading list of in-scope graduate material.


Last updated in May 2023.

Authored by Sam Kumar, Shishir Patil, and Peter Schafhalter with input from Stephanie Wang and David Chu and guidance from Natacha Crooks, Joseph E. Gonzalez, and John D. Kubiatowicz. Adapted from the 2005 syllabus.