Comprehensive Exam: C.T. Bauer College of Business
The comprehensive examination consists of a written and oral section in the major area. In addition to the following policies governing this examination, each major field within the C.T. Bauer College of Business has specific written policies and procedures governing the design, the administration, the timing, and the evaluation of exams. These policies and procedures will be made available to students at the time doctoral-level course work begins.
The responsibility for designing, administering, and evaluating written and oral examinations in the major area rests either with the faculty in that area or a subset of those faculty members, as determined by departmental policy.
The associate dean for academic and research programs will determine candidates' eligibility to sit for the comprehensive exam. The department must obtain a written statement of eligibility before candidates can sit for the exam. To be eligible, students must (1) have successfully completed all course work in the degree plan, (2) have successfully completed all additional departmental requirements, and (3) file a "Request for Comprehensive Examinations" form with the Bauer College Director of Registration and Academic Records in 262 Melcher Hall before the first day of classes in the semester in which the exams are to be taken.
A student eligible to take the comprehensive exam must be offered the opportunity to do so within six months of becoming eligible and must sit for the exam within that time period in order to remain in good standing.
Written examinations shall be administered in the fall and spring semesters. The department of the major area, at its option, may schedule a third examination opportunity between May and August, inclusive.
Students must successfully complete the written examination in the major field before taking the oral examination. The oral exam must occur within four weeks of notification that the written examination has been passed. The oral examination is designed and administered either by the faculty of the major area or by a subset of those faculty members. The supporting field representative to the advisory committee will be given an opportunity to question students during the oral exam. All faculty in the C.T. Bauer College of Business will be notified of the oral examination at least five days prior to its scheduled time and will be invited to attend.
Notification of results of the written exam in the major field will be provided to students in writing within two weeks of completion of each exam. The letter must be prepared in accordance with written departmental policies, and copies will be sent to the Office of Student Services and the major field Ph.D. program coordinator.
Written notification of results of the oral examination will be provided to the student within 24 hours of the exam. In the case of student failure of either the written or oral examinations, the letter will cite the specific deficiencies that resulted in failure.
In order to pass the comprehensive examination, students must pass the written examination in the major field and the oral examination. Failure of the written exam will prevent the scheduling of an oral exam.
Students have only two opportunities to pass the comprehensive examination. Any retake of the examination must occur at the next scheduled occasion that exams are offered. Students who fail the re-examination will be dismissed from the program.
A student may be exempted from retaking a portion of the comprehensive exam if written departmental policies specify a mechanism for such exemptions. In the absence of such policies, failure of a portion of the examination will require that the entire examination, both written and oral sections, be repeated.
Catalog Publish Date: January 14, 2013
This Page Last Updated: October 2, 2012