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Physics & Astronomy Comprehensive Examination Committee

The University requires that the Comprehensive Examination Committee includes at least three examiners who:

  • hold a PhD or equivalent degree (as determined by the Associate Vice President, Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs),
  • two of whom are not the student's supervisor(s),
  • at least one of whom is a tenure-track or tenured member of the student's Department or School, and
  • at least two of whom hold regular faculty appointments at the University of Waterloo

Additional Committee members may be required at the discretion of the Faculty, Department, or Program. When examining committee members are external to the University of Waterloo, their purpose in the exam process shall be clearly communicated to the student. Normally, the examining committee will not exceed five examiners.

There is a blackout period for comprehensive exams each term.
Fall 2020: December 16, 2020 - January 7, 2021
Winter 2021: April 26 - April 30
Spring 2021: August 16 - September 3

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