The comprehensive exam is expected to take place in the LSI and normally takes about 2 hours. The Graduate program Coordinator will help book a room if necessary.
Comprehensive examination decision options:
(1) Awarding a pass (Advance to Candidacy).
(2) Awarding a conditional pass requiring re-writing of part or the entire proposal. The chair will provide a description of what actions must be taken (e.g. specifics of how the proposal should be rewritten). The student will distribute the re-written proposal to the entire examining committee, including the chair, and also provide the graduate program coordinator with a copy), the deadlines for completing all aspects of the comprehensive exam (written proposal and oral defense) will be 2 months after the exam with no exceptions.
(3) Asking for a re-examination of the student on part of the material covered in the comprehensive, or
(4) Asking for a repeat of the comprehensive examination. Only one re-examination will be allowed; it must be held within six weeks of the first examination.
If the student fails either of the two components upon re-examination, withdrawal from the program is mandatory.
The chair will submit a report on the decision of the committee at the end of the exam to the Graduate Program Coordinator who will distribute copies of the report to the student, thesis supervisory committee and Faculty of Graduate Studies.