Examen rétrospectif: ETI-8003
At the end of your coursework, normally in the 3rd or 4th semester of the program, you must take a comprehensive exam to assess your theoretical, conceptual, and methodological knowledge and determine whether you are able to start writing your dissertation. The comprehensive exam is designed by an evaluation committee composed of faculty members from the two core disciplines you selected.
There are four faculty members on the committee, two from each discipline.
Preliminary exam steps
Before the end of the winter semester, a list of the faculty members chosen to sit on comprehensive exam committees during the upcoming academic year (which begins in the fall) is compiled. These professors must provide or update bibliographies pertaining to their field). The suggested readings and the concepts acquired during program coursework constitute the basic knowledge on which the student will be evaluated. The bibliographies (20 to 30 titles per discipline) will be available from the program director no later than one month after the end of the winter semester. These bibliographies are valid for the following academic year (fall-winter-summer).
How the exam is conducted
After you register for your comprehensive exam, your committee members will ask a question (possibly multi-part) related to each of the two disciplines you have selected. The exam is submitted by the end of October for the fall, the end of February for the winter and the end of June for the summer. You then have 10 days to prepare a 20-page written response (10 pages per discipline). Exam dates are announced at least three weeks in advance.
No more than two weeks after you hand in your exam, you will receive an invitation to appear before the committee to make an oral presentation of about 30 minutes on the results of your analysis. You will then be expected answer questions from the committee members (maximum 15 minutes each).
After your presentation, you will withdraw to let the committee deliberate. Committee members must complete and sign the evaluation form immediately after your presentation. The committee spokesperson will inform you of the outcome—pass or fail—and send the result to the program director.
To pass the exam, you must receive a passing grade (P) from at least three of the four committee members. The exam may only be retaken once. Retakes must be scheduled within no later than two semesters.
To register for your comprehensive exam in a given semester, you must contact the program director and provide the appropriate form (801), available in the forms section.
This step is to ensure that you have clearly identified the two disciplines you have selected for your doctoral program and confirmed who your two co-supervisors are when you begin preparing for your exam.