The Master of Arts in Applied Geography

Comprehensive Exams

One of the milestones of the M.A. program is the successful completion of your comprehensive exams taken after the completion of 18 hours of course work. The comprehensive exam is a written examination customized for each individual student. This is NOT an open book exam and the internet is NOT to be used. The graduate director, a member of the graduate studies committee and/or another faculty member will monitor the exam.

The exam consists of three sets of questions; each set is written by a member of the committee. Questions are related to coursework taken with that faculty member and/or research completed with that individual. The questions are designed to be completed in one hour.  The exam is scheduled for four hours and is normally scheduled on the Thursday or Friday after the Spring and Fall breaks. The exam takes place in Graham 111 (GIS lab) or Graham 104 (computer classroom). They are graded on a Pass-Fail basis. Exams are graded in a two week period and the results will be made known to the committee chair. If any part of the exam is not passed, the committee will meet to determine the appropriate course of action. If the exam is passed on a conditional basis the faculty member(s) that gave the conditional pass will assign further work such as readings and/or course work, or they will ask for clarification from the student. If a section(s) of an exam is failed, the student may have an opportunity to repeat the exam. If the second attempt is failed, the student may have an opportunity to repeat the exam. If the second attempt is failed, the student will be dismissed from the program.

The Department of Geography requires that you set up the comprehensive examination committee one semester prior to taking the exam. Submit the form to the Director of Graduate Studies once all signatures have been obtained.