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Comprehensive Exam Information

The comprehensive examination at the master's level is designed to assess the student's general knowledge, understanding and skills in the domain of study, and his or her ability to synthesize and apply critical components of this domain. Prior to clearance for the granting of the master's degree, candidates must perform satisfactorily on a comprehensive examination in their field.  The format used to satisfy the comprehensive examination requirement may vary by department or program.  The arrangements for the examination are made at the department level.  Please check with your program advisor to determine the requirements needed in your academic discipline to fulfill this requirement.

Application and Clearance to take the Comprehensive Examination

All students applying for Comprehensive examinations must be registered for at least two credit hours of coursework in the semester in which the exam is taken, in accordance to USF Graduate School policy: http://www.grad.usf.edu/policies_Sect8_full.php#masterscomp

Comprehensive examinations within the College of Education are to be administered during the 11th or 12th week of the Fall and Spring semesters, and within the 3rd week in June for Session A & Session C classes, and the 4th week of July for Session B classes. Examinations that are administered jointly with the College of Arts and Sciences may need to be scheduled at other times. 

On receipt of the student's Application for Comprehensive Examination form, the Program Advisor will check the student's current transcript against his/her officially signed and approved Program of Study form to ensure that all required coursework will have been completed and grades submitted by the end of the semester in which the comprehensive examination is to be taken. No more than 12 hours of coursework may be taken in the semester in which the comprehensive exam is to be taken without prior approval from the program advisor. 

In the event there are changes to coursework listed on the Planned Program of Study, these changes must be submitted by the program advisor to the appropriate advising office and must be officially approved by that office.  Notification of approval or denial [with reason(s)] to take the comprehensive examination will be sent to the student by his/her program advisor. A copy of the signed application form is to be retained in the student's departmental file.

Submission of Comprehensive Examination Results

The Program Advisor must submit the results of the comprehensive examinations to the the appropriate office no later than the deadline for submission of term grades in order for the student to meet graduation requirements for that semester:

  • M.A. and M.Ed. Students:  Graduate Support Office, EDU 320
  • M.A.T. Students:  Student Academic Services, EDU 106

Results of comprehensive examinations taken in the College of Arts and Sciences (Secondary Education majors) are to be reported to the COEDU Departmental Program Coordinator. A copy of the results will be forwarded by the Departmental Program Coordinator to the appropriate advising office.


 


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