# Policy on Comprehensive Examinations

## MSCS Program

• Department of Computer Engineering and Computer Science
• Effective starting Fall 2014
• Approved by the CECS department on October 1, 2014.
1. Candidates for the Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) degree at California State University, Long Beach must successfully complete either (a) a comprehensive examination or (b) a thesis with oral defense. This document spells out the policies that are in effect regarding the comprehensive examination.
2. Graduate students may satisfy the written comprehensive examination requirement by achieving a PASS score on each of the sections making up the written comprehensive examination.
3. A candidate must have Advanced To Candidacy before registering for the written comprehensive examination.
4. The written comprehensive examination shall be offered once each fall and spring semester. It is normally scheduled approximately two/three weeks prior to the last day of instruction. The exam is not administered in the summer. The duration of the written comprehensive examination shall be two hours for each section making up the written comprehensive examination as listed in 6.0 below.
5. The written comprehensive examination will be administered and evaluated by a committee of faculty selected by the Graduate Curriculum Committee.
6. The comprehensive examination consists of three sections covering undergraduate and graduate material. The sections are as follows:
7. Faculty evaluating the comprehensive examination shall assign either a PASS or FAIL grade to each of the sections described above.
8. A student is required to pass all three sections of the written comprehensive examination to graduate.
9. Appealing results on the comprehensive examination: