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Master of Science in Chemical Engineering

M.S. Preliminary Exam

Graduate students progressing towards a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering are required to take the Master's Preliminary Examination prior to the student's second fall semester in the graduate program. The M.S. Preliminary Examination will be scheduled in August at about the same time as the Ph.D. Candidacy Exams. The format of both the required written document and the oral presentation is identical to the Ph.D. Candidacy Exam, and students should consult the section on Ph.D. Candidacy Exam within this graduate handbook for further information on the content of the evaluation.

The make-up of the evaluation committee will be determined by the Graduate Program Coordinator. The student's faculty advisor will attend the Preliminary Examination. However, the advisor is not a member of the committee and should not be involved in questioning the student.

The goal of the M.S. Preliminary Examination is to assess the student's progress towards completion of the degree and to provide feedback to the student on his/her progress and opportunities for development. The evaluation committee will provide a recommendation to the student's faculty advisor(s) regarding whether the student should be allowed to continue towards the Master's degree and whether it is appropriate for the student to consider petitioning to allow their Master's Thesis Defense to count as the Ph.D. Candidacy Exam in Chemical Engineering.

The committee can also provide advice on whether the student's progress is sufficient for him/her to continue to receive financial support for their research activities, although the final decision on whether to financially support the student is at the discretion of the faculty advisor.

Updated on 07/22/14

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