These include Texas A&M-Commerce Honors College, The University of Virginia's Politics Honors Program, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Mass Communications program.
Students will be permitted to defend their dissertation proposals no more than twice.
If a student fails his or her defense twice, his or her enrollment in the graduate program will be terminated.
Unlike final examinations, comprehensive examinations are not linked to any particular course, but rather test knowledge across one or more general fields of study.
Graduate-level comprehensive examinations are sometimes also known as preliminary examinations ("prelims"), general examinations ("generals"), qualifying examinations ("quals"), or as major field examinations.
Although many students find it useful to do some preliminary data collection before their dissertation proposal defense, students are normally expected to wait to conduct the bulk of their dissertation-related data collection until after they have successfully defended their proposals and thus become Ph.
that must be completed by graduate students in some disciplines and courses of study, and also by undergraduate students in some institutions and departments.
A student’s second proposal defense shall occur no later than one calendar year after the first.
On successful completion of the proposal defense, the members of a student's dissertation defense committee sign the Application for Admission to Candidacy Form, after which the student is officially admitted to candidacy for the Ph. A final copy of the dissertation proposal must be submitted to the Graduate Director for placement in the student’s files.
In some fields, the level of detailed knowledge required is relatively limited, while in others such as economics the level of detail is similar to a final exam.
Comprehensive examinations are often based on a reading list agreed upon by the student and his or her committee, which is staffed by the primary supervisor and several advisors, normally professors at the university, but not necessarily in the same faculty.