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Final Comprehensive Examinations

Final Comprehensive Examinations

The candidate for the degree of master of urban and regional planning must pass a final examination. At the time of the final examination, a student's cumulative GPA must be at least 3.0. There must be no unabsolved grades of less than 2.0. The student must have completed all degree program course work with the exception of those courses scheduled during the quarter of the examination. Students who have not met these conditions are not eligible to take the final examination.

All students will be required to pass an oral examination during their final quarter. That oral examination shall consist of questions pertaining to the department's curriculum and the candidate's own areas of study. The examination may, at the discretion of the student's committee, include a written component. In addition, all students are required to defend a research or internship report during the course of the final examination.

The final examination is conducted by the student's advisory committee. The oral examination is open to the public; however, only committee members vote.

It is the candidate's responsibility to schedule the comprehensive examination at a time agreeable to committee members and to notify the Graduate Studies Office at least two weeks prior to the examination date. In addition to complying with university procedures regarding such matters as deadlines and notification requirements, students within the department must also satisfy two additional procedural requirements with respect to the written component of their final examinations. They must submit an acceptable draft of their research or professional internship report to the chair of their committee no later than the end of the third week of the quarter in which they intend to graduate. In addition, they are also required to submit a final copy of such reports at least two weeks prior to the comprehensive examination.

Students must be registered at the University during the quarter in which the examination is given. A student shall be given only one opportunity to repeat the final examination and that shall be scheduled within the quarter following the first taking of the examination (summer quarter excluded).

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