Final Comprehensive Exam

Because you must be enrolled in at least a 1-credit hour course the semester you take your final comprehensive exam, we recommend you schedule and take your final exam while enrolled in the capstone course.

The comprehensive examination for the non-thesis, Master of Science in Conservation Education degree program must be scheduled by the student and taken at an approved testing center. The examination date must be scheduled within the one to two week time period prior to the deadline posted on the Graduate Academic Calendar for the semester in which the student plans to graduate. If the one to two week time period falls within a holiday week, then the comprehensive exam must be scheduled within the two to three week time period prior to the deadline posted on the Graduate Academic Calendar for the semester in which the student plans to graduate.

As noted in the Graduate Catalog, students must be within six hours of graduation or in their final semester of coursework to participate in the comprehensive exam. Please note: students who fail the initial attempt CANNOT apply to retake the exam until three months from the date of the original exam (see Graduate Catalog). Also, any student on probationary status cannot take comprehensive exams until the probationary status has been lifted. Hence, some students may need an additional semester to take the comprehensive exam.

Application Process

Proctor request form. This form MUST be submitted two weeks prior to the examination date. Please note, the examination date must be scheduled within the one to two week time period prior to the deadline posted on the Graduate Academic Calendar for the semester in which the student plans to graduate. If the one to two week time period falls within a holiday week, then the comprehensive exam must be scheduled within the two to three week time period prior to the deadline posted on the Graduate Academic Calendar for the semester in which the student plans to graduate.

In addition to the proctor request form, there are other Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture Department required forms that must be completed three weeks prior to the examination date. Department required forms can be obtained through the Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Kevin Hunt. Please email Dr. Hunt at kevin.hunt@msstate.edu to request the link to obtain these required forms. For more details, see Graduate catalog.

When you are filling out the forms, know that your department is “Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture”, your degree is a "Master of Science", and your major is "Conservation Education”.

Email the completed forms to the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Kevin Hunt for pre-approval. Dr. Hunt will review the forms and re-submit them to you for final signatures. Then, all completed and signed forms should be returned to Dr. Hunt. If you have any questions about the process or requirements, please email Dr. Hunt at kevin.hunt@msstate.edu