The purpose of the comprehensive exam is to demonstrate that a student has the appropriate academic background – including a foundation and breadth of knowledge in the field of study – to be successful in the PhD program in Sustainability Management.

Please see the University regulations for the comprehensive examination

Timeline

Date

Exam type

Reading list version

Date is intended for

Examining committee members

December 4, 2018

Examination

2018-2019

For transfer students entering the program in 2018

Lynes

Weber

Wood

Vinodrai (chair)

Young

April 24, 2019

Examination

2018-2019

Alternate for transfer students entering the program in 2018

Lynes

Singh

Wood

Vinodrai (chair)

October 21-25, 2019

Examination

2018-2019

For students admitted September 2018

 

March 30- April 3, 2020

Re-examination*

2018-2019

Re-exam or alternate for students entering the program in 2018

 

October 2020

Examination

2019-2020

For students admitted September 2019

 

March 2021

Re-examination*

2019-2020

Re-exam or alternate for students entering the program in 2019

 

* The re-examination date is for candidates required to repeat the examination. It also provides an opportunity for any student who was unable to write (with permission) in the fall term and for students who entered the program in terms other than fall.

Reading list

The comprehensive exam reading list, comprising approximately 100 readings, provides a common set of literature for all students. Download the relevant SEED PhD reading list for your cohort, depending on the term of admission for the student. A revised list is approved by SEED each year.

Reading list version

Number of readings

Date approved by SEED

SEED PhD comprehensive exam reading list 2018-2019 (PDF)

81

September 6, 2018

SEED PhD comprehensive exam reading list 2019-2020

   

Each student is responsible for obtaining specific readings. It is recommended that a student consult with senior graduate students in the program who may have copies of papers and books available from previous years, including digital copies and folders in reference management software (e.g., Zotero, Mendeley, etc.).

Preparation checklist

  • Download and study the relevant comprehensive exam reading list
  • Create an account for iThenticate, the University’s plagiarism detection software for researchers
  • Write practice answers and preparatory papers in consultation with your supervisor
  • Practice use of the plagiarism detection software, and discuss the reports generated from the software with your supervisor
  • One month before the exam, confirm that you are registered in the SEED PhD Comprehensive Examination community group on LEARN
  • Ensure that examination period is free and clear of other major commitments
  • Questions or concerns regarding the examination or the exam date should be made to the graduate administrator

Writing the exam

At the start of  the examination the exam question will be made available to the student in the SEED PhD Comprehensive Examination community group on LEARN and the LEARN submission dropbox will open. Students will have approximately 5 days to respond to the question by submitting a paper of 3500 to 5000 words, excluding bibliography, tables and other matter.

The student is required to submit a copy of the iThenticate report related to the document submitted into the same dropbox on LEARN. The dropbox will remain open beyond the due time so as to allow later submission of the iThenticate report, if needed.

Style guide

The exam paper should follow the SEED academic style guide:

  • cover page, page numbers,
  • 11 or 12-point font size,
  • normal (1 inch) margins,
  • numbered section headings, and
  • references in APA style.

When formatting the paper, the student should consider that the paper will be read by multiple examiners. As such, the submitted paper may be

  • printed then marked,
  • downloaded and marked on a computer screen, or
  • marked directly online in LEARN.

Assessment

The examining committee will assess candidate exams as specified in the requirements for the comprehensive examination. The membership of the examining committee is listed on the first table above.