Masters Comprehensive Exam

"If a man neglects education, he walks lame to the end of his life ." Plato

"If a man neglects education, he walks lame to the end of his life ." Plato

The non-thesis option is capped with a  Standards for Masters Comprehensive Exam, both written and oral. The purpose of the examination is to help the student synthesize knowledge from different courses into a coherent whole. The examination will be administered by a three member committee of department faculty, one of whom will chair or supervise the student’s efforts in preparing for the examination.   Prior to scheduling the comprehensive exam, students must prove that they have fulfilled the requirements for completing the course(s) in which they are currently enrolled.  Please see the Department of Government Graduate Assistant Application and the Department of Government M.A. Comprehensive Exam Registration Form for more information

The examination will be administered by a three-member committee. All three examiners shall be members of the Political Science Program Faculty or have taught a class in the Political Science program and shall have had the student in a regular class or in an independent study. The student will ask one professor to serve as Chair of the examining committee. In consultation with the Chair and with his approval, two other committee members will be asked to serve. It will be the responsibility of the Chair to coordinate with the other two faculty the questions to be taken up at both the written and the oral exam and to meet with the student at least two weeks before the exam to give him or her advance notice of the general themes that may be expected to be tested. The student is to work three hours per set of questions for a total of nine hours. The written exam will commence at 5:00pm on the Friday of Dead Week. Upon passing the written exam, the oral exam will be scheduled within the week following the written exam. Its purpose is to engage the student in a stimulating conversation about politics, in which principles are used to analyze contemporary, historical, or hypothetical situations preferably ones which the student has previously considered in the written exam and/or in a term paper. The exam should last no more than two hours. In the event of a non-pass, the committee shall decide when, or whether, the student will have an opportunity to retake the exam, in whole or in part.


For more information, please contact:

Dr. Jocelyn Evans

Chair and Graduate Student Advisor 
Department of Government
The University of West Florida 
11000 University Parkway 
Pensacola, FL. 32514 
(850) 474-2337

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