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Final Examination

The student is required to take a final oral examination for the M.S.Min.E. and M.Min.E. degrees.

This examination is administered by an examining committee appointed by the dean of The Graduate School upon recommendation of the DGS. The committee must consist of at least three qualified departmental members and at least one additional member from outside the Department of Mining Engineering . The committee chair will be the student’s faculty advisor. The examination is comprehensive and covers the student’s entire program including, but not limited to, the thesis or report. Ordinarily, the examining committee will be the same as the advisory committee.

The final examination is given no later than eight (8) days before the last day of classes of that semester in which the degree is to be awarded. Members of the committee indicate the outcome of the examination on the small yellow card sent by The Graduate School to the chairman of the examining committee. The report is returned to the dean upon completion of the examination, which in no case may be later than two (2) weeks after the start of the examination. The examination must be declared either pass or failure on a majority basis. In the event of failure, the committee may recommend to The Graduate School the conditions under which a second examination may be administered. Insofar as it is practicable, the same examination committee gives this examination. A third examination is not permitted. For the 24-credit/thesis option, the following procedures apply:

  1. Submit thesis to the thesis director and the DGS in defensible form (see Thesis Preparation Rules)
  2. Request that the DGS initiate action to schedule the final examination. This request should be made at least two (2) weeks prior to the anticipated date of the examination
  3. Submit thesis to the examining committee at the same time as scheduling the final examination
  4. Take final examination
  5. Modify thesis as required by the examining committee
  6. Submit thesis in final form to The Graduate School (see calendar in The Graduate School bulletin for exact date)

For the 30-hour/report option, the following procedures apply:

  1. Request that the DGS initiate action to schedule the final examination. This request should be made at least two (2) weeks prior to the anticipated date of the examination
  2. Submit report(s) to the faculty advisor, the DGS and the examining committee at the same time as scheduling the final examination
  3. Take final examination