Departmental Oral Examinations

These are the instructions which guide the conduct of the Department M.A. and Ph.D. oral examinations. Students preparing for such examinations should be aware of these procedures and are advised to attend other students’ examinations as preparation.

  • The Department oral examinations for the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees are public and therefore open to any faculty member or graduate student in the Department.
  • It is the responsibility of the  candidate’s advisory committee to ensure that a quorum will be present at an examination. In addition, the Grad Advisor assumes that in calling the examination, the advisory committee has assured itself that the candidate has fulfilled all requirements for the degree.
  • The examination generally lasts two hours.  The quorum consists of at least two advisory committee members.