Exams for the Master's Degree

Exams Required for the Master’s Degree

If you are enrolled in an M.A. or M.S. degree program, you must pass the “Final Examination for the Master’s Degree.” You can take this after all degree requirements have been fulfilled, but no earlier than one month before completing the minimum registration unit requirement.

To pass the exam unconditionally and receive a degree, all regular, proxy, and field-appointed members of the examining committee must assent that the exam was passed unconditionally. You can fail or conditionally pass the Final Examination for the Master’s Degree exam. If you are enrolled in an M.S./Ph.D. degree program where the M.A. or M.S. degree is a prerequisite for your Ph.D., you may petition your Special Committee to approve combining the “Final Examination for the Master’s Degree” with the “Examination for the Admission to Candidacy.”