During the semester in which a student expects to graduate, he/she must take and pass a comprehensive oral exam. The exam is based on the student's Applied Research Project. The exam is conducted by two faculty members and a public administration practitioner with an MPA or equivalent.
The comprehensive oral exam must be scheduled at least 10 days prior to graduation. The date of the examination will be established by the Applied Research Project Director in consultation with the committee and the student. In addition, it is the student's responsibility to meet all deadlines published in the Graduate College handout: "Master's Degree Candidates for (specific semester)." A copy of the Graduate College handout is published each semester.