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Graduate Comprehensive Examination Policy

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These regulations are additional to the general requirements by the Graduate School as described, for example, in the Clarkson University Catalog.

The physics comprehensive examination will consist of challenge and/or conceptual problems based on the knowledge of undergraduate material in Physics. One or two problems will be composed by each member of a thesis committee. The student will have up to 30 days to submit written solutions, and will then have to defend his/her work in an oral examination before the thesis committee. The thesis committee will be composed of five members; a minimum of three will be from the Clarkson Physics Department and at least one from outside the Department. The thesis committee members must be appointed by the student’s advisor. A unanimous decision of the thesis committee is required for passing.