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ECE Master of Science Comprehensive Exam

Students graduating with an M.S. Degree must either submit a thesis or pass the written Comprehensive Exam. The written Comprehensive Exam will be given near the middle of the Fall quarter, and near the middle of the Spring quarter. The signup for each exam will occur 2-3 weeks before its administration; more information about specific exam signup will be sent out by the MS Advisor in the weeks leading up to the exam.

Exam Format and Schedule

The next exam will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2016, from 8:00am to 12:00pm. The room is 2001 in Warren Lecture Hall.

Students must arrive no later than 7:45am.

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 who fail the written examination twice will not receive the terminal Master's degree.  No other options are available.
  • 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.

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

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

Written comprehensive examination guidelines for M.S. students can be viewed by clicking here.

Register for M.S. Comprehensive Exam

The link to sign up for the exam will be emailed to students when it is activated. Students must sign up for the area of study they are majoring in. This is a written exam covering a broad range of topics at the undergraduate level plus a single depth topic (must be the student's major) at the graduate level.

Previous exams, from the 2014-15 academic school year and prior, are made available below.

The topics are:

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

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



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