General Regulations and Information Governing All Graduate Students

H) COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATIONS

1. Master's Comprehensive Examination

a) The composition of the Comprehensive Examination Committee is specified in the degree and departmental regulations, and the committee is appointed by the Dean. The Dean of Graduate Studies or delegate may exercise the right to attend. All members of the Committee including the Chairperson, but excluding the Dean of Graduate Studies, shall be voting members.

b) In this examination the candidates must demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the academic discipline as defined by the academic unit in which they are students.

c) Members of the Comprehensive Examination Committee shall decide by majority vote that the candidate passes or fails.

d) The Examination Committee may recommend re- examination if the candidate fails the comprehensive examination. If the Committee does not so recommend, the candidate's programme will be terminated. If a re-examination is to be held, it must be conducted not less than one month and not more than six months after the first examination.

The decision of the voting members of the Committee following this re-examination can only be pass or fail. Failure will lead to immediate termination of the candidate's programme. There is no option for further re-examination.

e) The result of the comprehensive examination(s) shall be reported to the candidate by the Dean. The Chairperson of the Comprehensive Examination Committee shall report to the Head of the academic unit who shall report to the Dean.

2. Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination

a) The candidate shall submit to a comprehensive examination, which may be written or oral or both as determined by the academic unit. Candidates shall normally take the examination no later than the end of the seventh semester in the doctoral programme. Unless an extension is approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies, failure to take the examination at this time will result in the termination of the candidate's programme.

b) This examination, whether written or oral, shall be conducted by a committee appointed by the Dean of Graduate Studies on the recommendation of the academic unit. It shall consist of the Head of the academic unit (or delegate) who shall be the Chairperson, the candidate's supervisor, the Dean of Graduate Studies (or delegate), and at least three other members, the total voting members to be an odd number. All members of the committee including the Chairperson, but excluding the Dean of Graduate Studies, shall be voting members.

c) In this examination, the candidate must demonstrate a mastery of those subdisciplines appropriate to his/her research area, as defined by the academic unit in which they are students. Those subdisciplines upon which the candidate will be examined should be made known to the candidate no later than three months prior to the examination. The candidate must further be able to relate the specialization of his/her research to the larger context of these subdisciplines.

d) Members of the Comprehensive Examination Committee shall decide by majority vote that the candidate passes or fails.

e) The Examination Committee may recommend re- examination if the candidate fails the comprehensive examination. If the Committee does not so recommend, the candidate's programme will be terminated. If a re-examination is to be held, it must be conducted not less than one month and not more than six months after the first examination.

The decision of the voting members of the Committee following this re-examination can only be pass or fail. Failure will lead to immediate termination of the candidate's programme. There is no option for further examination.

f) The result of the comprehensive examination(s) shall be reported to the candidate by the Dean. The Chairperson of the Comprehensive Examination Committee shall report to the Head of the academic unit who shall report to the Dean.




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