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Failure of the Comprehensive Examination

Failure of the comprehensive examination (any attempt by a Ph.D. or Ed.D. student) is documented by submission of a Report of Failure of a Comprehensive Examination form to the Graduate College and by submitting the appropriate grade for 691 Doctoral Comprehensive Examination. A comprehensive examination that is failed on the first attempt can be repeated once, but only if a second attempt is requested by the student and approved by the program. The request by the student for a second attempt must be in writing to the Graduate Program Coordinator and must be made within five (5) working days after the student is notified of his or her failure. If a second attempt is not requested by the student, or if a request is made by the student but not approved by the program, then a grade of F is assigned to the 691 credit(s) and the student is dismissed from the program and Boise State University by the Graduate College. If the student’s request is approved by the program, then the second attempt must occur within twelve (12) months after the first attempt, and an incomplete grade (I) is assigned to the 691 credit(s) until the result of the second attempt is known. If the student does not make a second attempt within twelve (12) months after the first attempt, or if the student fails the second attempt, then a grade of F is assigned to the 691 credit(s) and the student is dismissed from the program and Boise State University by the Graduate College. Any extension of the twelve-month limit on the second attempt must be approved by the program and by the Graduate Dean.