Item (42):

A. The Qualifying/Comprehensive Examination is thorough, broad, and integral in its overall content and components.  First, it aims to measure students’ ability to retrieve the concepts and principles which pertain to their major field of study; and second, it tests students’ ability to apply such acquired knowledge in solving applied and scientific problems.     

B. The Comprehensive Test is offered two times a year. The first session is offered in the Fall semester and the second session is offered in the Spring semester.

C. Students, intending to sit for the Comprehensive Exam should inform the Specialised Department Chair in writing of their wish to sit for the Comprehensive Examination. Students should also be made aware that the Deanship of Graduate Studies is the party in charge of setting up the date and timing of the Comprehensive Examination sitting for the Comprehensive Examination require that students have a GPA of 75% (2.5) or above and should comply with the instructions and regulations contained in items (7) and item (18).   

D. The Specialised Department Chair send off the names of students wishing to sit for the Comprehensive Examination to the Dean of the Faculty of Deanship of Graduate Studies in order to take the necessary measures for the smooth accommodation of this process.     

Item (43):

A. The Comprehensive Examination consists of several papers or two papers at the least. There is full cooperation between the Specialised Department Council and the Faculty of Graduate Studies regarding the content of each paper of the Exam.  Students are usually made aware of the format of the comprehensive examination.       

B. The time length of the Comprehensive Examination should not be less than two hours nor should it exceed four hours.

C. Students should pass all sections of the Comprehensive Examination successfully with a grade of 70% or above. Students should receive 70% on each paper of the Comprehensive Examination to pass it.

D. Students should pass all paper of the Comprehensive Examination with a GPA of 75% (2.5) or above; otherwise, and in the event that a particular student has failed to obtain such a GPA on a particular section, he/she has to repeat the paper(s) of the Comprehensive Examination on which the student was unable to get a grade of 75%.     

E. If a Master or a doctorate student fails to pass a particular paper or a couple of paper of the Comprehensive Examination for the second round or time, he/she is considered a failure and consequently the application of item (22) should be considered and be applied.   

Item (44):

The Department Chair of Graduate Studies is the person who will organize and administer the Comprehensive Examination in cooperation with the Chair of the Specialised Department by taking the following steps:

  1. Define the type of subjects which will be covered on the Comprehensive Examination accompanied with a list of books, references, and other test pertinent materials.      
  2. Selecting faculty members for the preparation, construction, correction and grading of the Comprehensive Exam.
  3. Reporting the results of the Comprehensive Examination to the Faculty Council for its review and proper recommendations.

Item (45):

A. A student’s result of ‘Pass’, or ‘Failure’, on the Comprehensive Examination shall be recorded on his/her academic transcript.

B. If a student fails on the first round, he/she shall have another chance to sit for the Comprehensive Examination but it has to be during the subsequent semester with due consideration to the instructions contained in the following items: (7), (18), and (43).   

C. In the event that the student passes the Comprehensive Examination, the Department Chair shall report the results to the Faculty Dean and the Deanship of Admission & Registration.

D. The Faculty Dean shall recommend the graduation of the students who passed the Exam to the Deans Council to approve of this recommendation and to be in accord and in compliance with the consent and approval of both the Faculty Council and the Deanship of Admission & Registration.

Item (46):

A. A Master student can be awarded a higher Diploma in the registered specialisation provided that he/she completes (24) credit hours with a GPA of 70% at least in all the Master courses as described in the study plan of the student’s program of study.

B. A thesis shall not be counted as part of the required hours for earning or receiving a higher Diploma.

C. With due consideration to item (A) above, a student can be received a higher Diploma in the following cases:

  1. Failing to pass the Comprehensive Examination two times as described in condition (43) of the instructions contained herein.
  2. Failing to defend his/her thesis successfully two times.
  3. Receiving a dismissal from the Master program in which he/she is registered for academic reasons so long as his/her GPA is 70% or above.
  4. Failing to complete or finish up his/her thesis after having completed all course work.
  5. Having exhausted all the time allowed for any Master student in his/her Master program which is normally described in item (7) in the instructions herein.
  6. Having exceeded the time allowed for interrupting his study as described in item (19) and (20) in the instructions herein.

D. In consideration of item (A) above, a dismissed student from a graduate program in which the dismissed student is enrolled in for academic reasons before finishing 24 credit hours can complete his/her studies in order to obtain a diploma provided that his/her GPA at the time of dismissal is not less than 70% and that he/she should not have exceeded six academic semesters – the time period during which the dismissed student has to complete his/her diploma.

Item (47):

A. A doctorate student can earn a Master in the program in which he/she is registered provided that he/she has completed 30 credit hours with a GPA of 75% (2.5) in his/her Ph.D. courses as described in the Ph.D. study plan.

B. With due consideration to what has been said in item (A) it is deemed seemly to grant a doctorate student a Master in the following cases:   

  1. If the student failed to pass the Comprehensive Examination as described in item (43) in the instructions contained herein;
  2. If the student failed to defend his/her dissertation a couple of times/ in two exams.
  3. If the student is dismissed from the doctorate program in which he/she is enrolled for academic reasons provided that his/her GPA is 75% (2.5) or above.
  4. If the student has exhausted the maximum time length of his/her doctorate as described in item (7) in the instruction contained herein.