Aquaculture Fisheries Comprehensive Exam Information
Students must pass a comprehensive examination prior to defense of their thesis. The comprehensive examination will test a student’s overall competence and ability to think critically and synthesize information. The examination will include written and oral components. The student’s graduate committee will be responsible for constructing, administering, and grading the examination. The particular format of the exam is at the committee’s discretion. Students should meet with each committee member to determine the exam format and content in order to prepare properly.
The comprehensive examination must be successfully completed no later than the semester prior to the semester a student wishes to graduate. Passing the comprehensive examination requires a unanimous committee vote. Students who do not successfully complete the comprehensive examination on their first attempt will be notified in writing by their advisor and may be required to conduct more course work or independent study prior to attempting the exam a second time. Students who fail the comprehensive examination twice will be dismissed from the program. Notification of successful completion of the comprehensive examination must be made known to the department and to the registrar by the committee (Form #9).