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Comprehensive Exam

Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam

Mechanical Engineering PhD students are required to take and pass the Comprehensive Exam (CE) prior to their prospectus. Students have eight terms (excluding summer) from the time of admission to pass the CE, with a maximum of two consecutive attempts. Master's candidates intending to continue on for a PhD may take the CE in their second year of master's level studies. Students sign up for the CE during the winter term, and the exam is held during spring term.

Comprehensive Exam consists of:

  • Three written exams, each in a different subject. Each exam is two hours.
  • One oral exam. This generally occurs one week after completion of written examinations.