Master of Science Comprehensive Exam


ECE M.S. students must either submit a thesis or pass the written Comprehensive Exam in order to graduate.

The written Comprehensive Exam is only given twice per year: near the middle of the Fall quarter, and near the middle of the Spring quarter.
 

Next Exam Date

The next exam will be held:
Saturday, October 22, 2016, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, in Warren Lecture Hall, Room 2001.
Students must arrive no later than 7:45am.

 

Exam Registration

Registration instructions will be emailed to students in advance of the exam (typically 2-3 weeks before the exam is scheduled). Students must register for the area of study of their major. 
 

Exam Format

Students are advised to thoroughly review the Comprehensive Examination Guidelines for M.S. Students.

The exam format is a written exam covering a range of topics at the undergraduate level plus a single topic covered at the graduate level (must be your graduate area of study). Students must pass 3 of the 4 sections of the exam; Math is a mandatory pass.  The exam is 4 hours in duration.

  • All full-time students must take the exam during their 4th quarter of enrollment, with the exception of students in the 5-year B.S./M.S. program.  Half-time students should see an advisor for exam requirement.  Refusal to take the exam during the required quarter will result in a failing grade.
  • Students must pass the Math section of the exam in order to pass the written Comprehensive Exam.
  • No calculators allowed during the exam.  The problems are designed so that a calculator is not necessary.
  • No notes or study materials are allowed.
  • Students must work only within the time allotted: 4 hours.
  • No cell phones allowed.
  • Students who fail the written examination twice will not receive the terminal Master's degree.  No other options are available.

We cannot determine how much of each question must be completed correctly in order to pass a section. This is determined for by the instructors when grading. Students should do their best.
 

Exam Notification

Notification of exam results will be conveyed via email in the weeks following the exam.

 

Selected Past Comp Exam Questions & Solutions

Please note that all questions/solutions are provided directly by exam writers, and some years may have entries missing (an exam wasn’t offered, a solution was not sent to the SA office). Exams given post-Spring 2015 are unavailable.

 

Subject

Questions

Solutions

Mathematics
(Required; Mandatory pass)

 

Math Study Info

Spring 2015

 

Fall 2014

Fall 2014

Spring 2014

 

Fall 2013

Fall 2013

Spring 2013

 

Fall 2012

Fall 2012

Spring 2012

 

Fall 2011

Fall 2011

Spring 2011

Spring 2011

Plus, the student’s choice, during the exam, of any two of the following:

Electricity & Magnetism

 

Study Info

Spring 2015

 

Fall 2014

 

Spring 2014

 

Fall 2013

 

Fall 2012

Fall 2012

Signals & Systems

 

Study Info

Spring 2015

 

Fall 2014

 

Spring 2014

Spring 2014

Spring 2013

Spring 2013

Fall 2012

Fall 2012

Solid State Electronics

 

Study Info

Spring 2015

 

Fall 2014

 

Spring 2014

Spring 2014

Fall 2013

 

Spring 2013

 

Electronic Circuits & Systems

 

Study Info

Spring 2014

Spring 2014

Fall 2013

Fall 2013

Spring 2013

Spring 2013

Fall 2012

Fall 2012

Spring 2012

Spring 2012

Logic Design

 

Study Info

Spring 2015

 

Fall 2014

 

Spring 2014

Spring 2014

Spring 2013

Spring 2013

Fall 2012

Fall 2012

Plus one of the following depth topics
(you will specify your major when you sign up for the exam):

Applied Physics –
Electronic Devices and Materials

 

Study Info

Spring 2015

 

Fall 2014

 

Fall 2012

Fall 2012

Fall 2011

 

Fall 2010

Fall 2010

Communication Theory and Systems

 

Study Info

Spring 2015

Spring 2015

Fall 2014

Fall 2014

Spring 2014

Spring 2014

Fall 2013

Fall 2013

Spring 2013

Spring 2013

Computer Engineering

 

Study Info

Fall 2014

 

Spring 2014

Spring 2014

Fall 2013

 

Spring 2013

Spring 2013

Fall 2012

Fall 2012

Fall 2011

Fall 2011

Electronic Circuits & Systems

 

Study Info

Smith Chart

Spring 2015

 

Spring 2014 (ECE 164/264)

Spring 2014 (ECE 164/264)

Spring 2014 (ECE 166/265)

Spring 2014 (ECE 166/265)

Fall 2013 (ECE 166/265)

Fall 2013 (ECE 166/265)

Spring 2013 (ECE 164/264)

Spring 2013 (ECE 164/264)

Intelligent Systems, Robotics & Control

 

Study Info

Spring 2015 (contains solutions)

 

Fall 2014

 

Spring 2014

 

Fall 2013

Fall 2013

Fall 2012

Fall 2012

Medical Devices & Systems

 

Study Info

 

Spring 2015

 

Fall 2014

Nanoscale Devices & Systems

 

Study Info

Fall 2013

 

Spring 2013

 

Fall 2012

Fall 2012

Fall 2011

Fall 2011

Fall 2010

 

Photonics

 

 

Study Info

Spring 2015

 

Fall 2014

Fall 2013

Spring 2013

Fall 2012

Radio & Space Science

Fall 2011

 

Signal & Image Processing

 

Study Info

Spring 2015

Spring 2015

Spring 2014

Spring 2014

Fall 2013

Fall 2013

Fall 2012

Fall 2012

Spring 2012

Spring 2012

       

 

QUESTIONS

Questions not addressed on this website should be directed to M.S. Advisor Dimple Bhatt, djbhatt@eng.ucsd.edu.