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Comprehensive Exam Policy

A comprehensive examination is a written examination administered during the student’s final semester. It is intended as a culminating experience for the master’s degree, and it is used to assess the student’s ability to integrate his or her knowledge of mathematics, to think critically and independently, and to demonstrate mastery of the coursework. The problems will reflect the student’s coursework, and the student’s responses will be evaluated both on the basis of logical correctness as well as on written presentation. The examination will be offered as needed at most once each regular semester. In order to take the comprehensive exam, students must choose this option when advancing to candidacy. More detailed information is available on the department web site.