MA English Studies, MAPW, And MATESOL Comprehensive Exam
Taking the Comprehensive Exam
The student must fulfill all requirements and meet the deadlines set by the Graduate
Studies office. If the requirements or the deadlines are not met, the student must
wait until the following semester to complete the necessary paper work.
Passing or Failing the Exam or Part of the Exam
- One question failed: the failed question may be retaken the same semester in which
in the exam was taken.
- Two questions failed: the student must wait until the following semester to take the
- Three questions failed: the student has not met the requirements to complete the degree
- A single question can be failed only once. For example, if a student fails the Part
1 question, retakes the question, and fails again, the student has not met the requirements
to complete the degree.
- A plagiarized exam will result in failure of the comprehensive exam.
- Students cannot use pre-written materials, notes, or outside source materials for
the exam. Note: Students very familiar with the content may be able to reference sources,
which is acceptable.
Students must pass both the graduate paper and comprehensive exam in order to meet
the capstone requirement for completion of the degree.
Exceptions due to extenuating circumstances must be approved by the Graduate Committee
and the Department Chair.
If a student has extenuating circumstances that impact his/her ability to perform
successfully, they may follow the appeal procedure (refer to link in graduate bulletin)