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Division of Natural Sciences & MathematicsDepartment of Physics & Astronomy

Degree Programs

Physics & Astronomy

Graduate Examinations

Graduate Curriculum and Guidelines (PDF)

Comprehensive Examination 

All graduate students are required to take the graduate Comprehensive Examination in their second year. Incoming graduate students with graduate credits that have been transferred from another institution may petition the Graduate Committee to take the Comprehensive Examination during their first year as a graduate student. The Examination has two components, written and oral. Detailed guidelines can be found in the link above.

Thesis/Dissertation Defense

Students who have passed both parts of the comprehensive exam and hold MS/PhD candidacy are required to give an oral presentation on their thesis/dissertation research before the degree can be awarded. Each student's oral defense committee will determine whether the completed thesis/dissertation research warrants awarding of the degree being sought.