Master's Non-Thesis Timeline

1st Semester

Graduation Semester (follow all deadlines published in the Academic Calendar)

For those students pursuing the non-thesis MS degree, the comprehensive exam is composed of one exam from the full selection of qualifying exams for Ph.D. candidates. The exam topic is the student’s choice. The non-thesis comprehensive exam is administered in the student's final semester and is independently analyzed by the Comprehensive Exam Committee. To take the exam, the student must notify Dr. Tony Schmitz ( of his/her intention to take the exam and the exam topic by the deadline established, typically the second week of the exam semester, but no later than the last day of that month.

Spring 2017 Comprehesive Exam Information

The Spring 2017 Master's Comprehensive Exam will be held from 9 am to noon on April 13, 2017. The exam location will be the Mechanical Engineering Conference Room, Duke 324, unless noted otherwise.

Click here for the MS Comprehensive Exam Application.

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

Master’s Comprehensive Exam occurs approximately three weeks prior to Reading Day.

Exam concentration areas, topic syllabi, and sample exams are at: