Updated on January 9th, 2019

Master of Science Comprehensive Exams


MS students who complete all their required courses (these are any three core courses determined in consultation with and approval of the student's graduate advisor and the CS graduate coordinator) at UVM with a grade of B+ or better on each of them are considered to have passed the MS comprehensive exams.


MS students who either took one or more required courses at another institution, or who passed a course at UVM but with a grade between B+ and C- must take an oral exam in this course area. In this event, the Graduate Committee will form an exam committee for this oral exam.

The committee for this oral exam will award students one of three outcomes to the oral exam:

  • Pass
  • Fail with opportunity for at most one retake
  • Fail without opportunity for retake