# PhD comprehensive exam

## Comprehensive exam overview

The PhD comprehensive exam tests the knowledge of the PhD candidate on topics related to the student's field of research and is used to judge whether the student has a mature, broad, and substantial understanding of the discipline as a whole, as evidenced by an oral examination.

In Pharmacy, the comprehensive exams must begin in term four. What this means is that the examining committee appointment should be submitted with a plan for scheduling the comprehensive exam, to ensure that the examination is passed (including any resulting conditions) by the end of term seven, as per program requirements.

PhD students must meet the University-level minimum requirements for the PhD Comprehensive Exam, as noted the Graduate Studies Academic Calendar, "Minimum requirements for the PhD degree" and in the PhD in Pharmacy Degree Requirements. Failure to complete the exam per regulations may require the student to withdraw from the program.

For additional information about the comprehensive examination committee, timeline, and assessment, see the expandable content, below.