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When and How Do I Register for the (free) Comprehensive Examination Course on LiveText (EDSE 999)?

All content courses must be completed at the time you apply for the comprehensive examination. You can still be completing your practicum (EDSE 693) while doing your comprehensive examination, and you can still be completing the SRM 600 course during the same period of time. However, unless there are extenuating circumstances, the comprehensive examination cannot be taken if any content courses have not been completed. Moreover, you must be in the last semester of your coursework.

In some cases, the comprehensive examination may have to be done in the semester following completion of all of your coursework. If this is the case for you in the spring, it means you complete the examination during the summer. If this is the case for you following a summer or fall semester, you will complete the examination during the subsequent fall or spring, respectively. If either of the latter two are the case, arrangements can be made for waiving the continuous enrollment fee; talk to your academic advisor if you find yourself in this situation, so that you are not charged a fee for not enrolling in classes.

In all cases, graduation and being awarded the master degree require that you have completed the comprehensive examination. In cases in which you are missing the spring graduation because you will be doing your examination in the summer, you may still "walk" in the spring graduation ceremony, if you so choose. However, the degree will not be officially conferred until the comprehensive examination has been completed and passed.

An implication of the comprehensive examination scheduling process is that you should meet with your advisor when you start your Master program to plan which semesters you will take different courses so that you can optimize your timing for completing the comprehensive examination. View the course planning PDF.

In the semester before you think you will be ready to complete your comprehensive examination, or within the first week of the semester in which you plan to complete your comprehensive examination, you must contact your academic advisor and arrange for a review of your course completion process and your work. This review can occur in an in-person meeting or it can occur by phone; be prepared to give your advisor access to your LiveText artifacts and rubrics that have been completed. Your advisor can then advise you and guide you through the registration process for the LiveText Course called EDSE 999.

The course does not cost money, and it does not provide any academic credits. It is just an environment for completing your comprehensive examination. Your advisor will complete an application for you and submit it to the UNC office that handles registration for this special course. The EDSE 999 environment should be available to you by the first day after the drop/add deadline has passed.