Master of Engineering: Plan II Master’s Comprehensive Exam
Passing the comprehensive exam is a mandatory requirement to graduate with the Master of Engineering degree. The exam is not part of a grade for any course, and is administered in two parts: leadership and technical. The leadership exam is a written exam administered by the Fung Institute towards the end of the fall or beginning of the spring semesters. The technical exam is administered by the degree-granting department and may be oral or written, based on the format the engineering department technical faculty deem most effective. The technical exam may be administered at the end of the fall semester or in the spring semester, as determined by the department.
A student will generally be given two opportunities to pass each part of the comprehensive exam. A student who fails one or both components of the exam may, with the concurrence of the examining committee and Graduate Advisors, re-take the component(s) of the exam that he or she failed. Students who fail one component of the exam and then fail the re-take of that component of the exam will either be recommended to the Dean of Graduate Division for dismissal from the program (in consultation with Graduate Advisors) or opt to voluntarily leave the program. In rare circumstances, the examining committee (again, in consultation with Graduate Advisors) may recommend to the Dean of the Graduate Division that a student be dismissed without the opportunity to re-take the failed portion(s) of the comprehensive examination.
A student who has been dismissed from graduate standing will no longer be permitted to register. Once dismissed, a student is granted access to campus resources, including faculty time, only to the degree that such access is accorded the general public.
Leadership comprehensive exam-administered by the Fung Institute:
The Fung Institute will administer a written exam for the fall leadership portion of the curriculum (ENGIN 270A, B & C, ENGIN 295) that will take approximately four hours to complete. The exam format is an essay response, grading details will be provided.
Please be prepared to spend 4 hours on a designated Saturday in Fall 2019 to complete the degree requirement Leadership Comprehensive Exam. Attendance will be mandatory, and the exact date will be announced as soon as a venue is confirmed.
In order to help you with your advanced planning, please save the date: Saturday, November 16, 2019 (afternoon). Please plan to be in Berkeley on this date.
Technical comprehensive exam-administered by the engineering department in which the student is enrolled: