FOR THE M.A. COMPREHENSIVE EXAM
and Departmental Requirements. The
comprehensive examination for
the M.A. in political science follows the requirements set forth in the
Graduate College Bulletin.
Students preparing for the oral defense and comprehensive examination
are advised to consult that document regarding application procedures
and deadlines. The department's Graduate Studies in Political Science statement
contains a description of the examination process. Provided below
is additional information concerning the procedures.
of the Examination. The student's faculty advisor serves as
chair of the committee. The student and the faculty advisor then select
two other committee members, subject to the approval of the Graduate
student has finished all coursework and completed the research
paper or thesis, he/she is advised to contact all of the committee
members to obtain reading lists and other information that might be
helpful in preparing for the comprehensive exam.
comprehensive exam covers the student's coursework and thesis or
research paper. Normally the exam is conducted orally, however, a
student may request a written examination. The committee chair makes
the final decision as to the exam format.
Evaluation of the
comprehensive examination. The three-member faculty committee
evaluates the student's performance on the oral (or written)
examination. If the student takes a written examination, the committee
will convene for the purpose of providing feedback to the student.
Retaking a Failed Examination. Students who fail the
comprehensive examination may retake the exam within one year. A
student may retake the exam only once.
Students should schedule a committee meeting two weeks in advance
through the department and submit an oral defense announcement. At the
oral defense, the student should expect to make a brief presentation on
their research to their three person committee followed by a question
and answer period. The students' committee will inform the student of
their results. This process normally takes between 1-2 hours.
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