Summary: Comprehensive Examination Formats by Area (Plan II)
The different Program Areas (CE, CCSP, and EP) have slightly different formats for the exam, which
are described below.
Computer Engineering (CE)
For students with a Computer Engineering emphasis, the examination may be oral or written at the discretion
of the examination committee (but not at the discretion of the student).
The MS comprehensive exam committee must consist of three faculty members with whom the student has
taken, collectively, a total of three or more graduate-level CE courses. A faculty member with whom the
student has taken at least one graduate-level ECE course shall chair the committee. The names of the faculty
are given to the ECE Graduate Student Office, which then sends a form to the faculty involved for their
The CE group makes a commitment to schedule the exam within one month of the committee formation.
Communications, Control & Signal Processing (CCSP)
For students with a Communications, Control & Signal Processing emphasis, the comprehensive examination
may take one of the following three forms:
a) an oral examination on a subset of course material from ECE classes taken by the candidate and taught
by faculty on the exam committee,
b) a written examination on a subset of course material from ECE classes taken by the candidate and taught
by faculty on the exam committee, or
c) a seminar presentation of a topic, or project, based on coursework or research.