The intent of the Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination (CE) is to assess the student’s potential for successfully completing doctoral level studies and research in the department.
The following is a list of the departmental Ph. D. Technical Areas:
Students wishing to take the CE must notify the Graduate Director in writing during the first two weeks of the term they plan to take the examination. A student in the Ph.D. program can take the exam up to two times and must pass it within the first two years after entering the Ph. D. Program. Direct admittees (those admitted directly to Ph. D. program with B. S. degrees) must complete the comprehensive exam within the first three years into the graduate program. Exceptions to this time schedule must be approved by the Graduate Committee.
The student’s advisory committee will review the results of the CE and based on the student’s performance makes one of the following recommendations to the Graduate Committee:
Based on the recommendation of the student’s advisory committee and the result of the examination, the Graduate Committee will make the final decision and the Graduate Director will inform the student about the status of his/her examination.
A student may request a review of the graded Ph. D. Comprehensive Examination in writing to the Graduate Director. The student should specify the reasons for the appeal. The student’s advisory committee will then review the grading and provide a recommendation to the Graduate Committee for a final decision.