Most master's and specialist programs require acceptable performance on a comprehensive examination. In some programs, the thesis defense constitutes the comprehensive examination. The product of learning is required for candidates seeking advanced licensure in teacher education programs and may either replace the comprehensive examination or be required in addition to the examination, depending upon the particular program. Please see the section in this bulletin on the specific program for details. Several rules govern the timing and approval process for all comprehensive exams:
- Students must be admitted to candidacy, if required for the program, before scheduling comprehensive examinations.
- Comprehensive examinations must be completed in the last 1/3 of the program.
- Comprehensive examinations must be evaluated by at least 3 members of the graduate faculty, all of whom must sign the Report of Comprehensive form prior to submission to the Registrar's Office.
- The report of successful comprehensive exam completion must be received by the Graduate School no later than the day before final exams begin in the term of graduation.