A comprehensive examination assesses depth and breadth of knowledge. When used as the culminating activity or as part of the culminating activity for a master’s program, a comprehensive examination cannot be attempted until the student has completed all core courses required by the program and has been admitted to candidacy. The program may impose additional conditions to be met by the student prior to the examination, such as completion of all courses required for the degree.
Considerable autonomy is granted to the graduate program in the design, administration, and evaluation of a master’s comprehensive examination. However, the student must be registered for at least one (1) credit of 690 Master’s Comprehensive Examination during the semester or term of the first attempt at the comprehensive examination, and the examination must be administered in time to process and submit the grade when grade reports are due in the Office of the Registrar. If the student passes the comprehensive examination, a grade of pass (P) is submitted for the 690 credit(s). If the student fails the comprehensive examination, then the program follows the procedure described for failure of a comprehensive examination.