Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination, Part 2

Comprehensive Examination, Part 2:  Oral Dissertation Proposal Defense

The second part of the EDLDR comprehensive examination consists of a thesis proposal defense (oral comprehensive examination). This portion of the examination is a Graduate School requirement and is scheduled through Graduate Enrollment Services (GES). It is administered and evaluated by the doctoral committee; all members of the doctoral committee, including any special members, must be present for the oral comprehensive exam. A favorable vote of at least two-thirds of the committee members is required to pass. The result of the oral comprehensive examination will be sent to GES and entered on the student’s official academic record.

GES requires notification two weeks in advance of the oral comprehensive examination. Comprehensive examinations are typically scheduled during the fall or spring semesters. Professors may not be available during the summer; students wanting to schedule comprehensive examinations in the summer must seek approval from all members of his/her committee.

Second Comprehensive Examination (if necessary)

When more than six years have elapsed between the passing of the comprehensive examination and the completion of the program, the student is required to pass a second comprehensive examination before the final oral examination can be scheduled.

 Minimum GPA

 At the time the comprehensive examination is administered, the candidate must have a minimum grade-point average of 3.00 for work completed at Penn State.