Students must complete one field seminar in a third field as part of their graduate program to expand the breadth of their knowledge. The field seminar will be chosen in consultation with the student’s chair.
Students must pass comprehensive examinations in their major and minor fields of study after the completion of their course work. Students must complete a minimum of nine political science graduate courses (27 semester hours) at the University of Utah prior to taking the comprehensive examinations. A comprehensive examination consists of both written and oral examinations and students must pass the written examinations in both their major and minor fields before proceeding to the oral examination conducted by the supervisory committee. Students are required to complete their comprehensive exams in one semester. PhD students must take their comprehensive examinations within two regular semesters (one calendar year) of completing their political science course work. Students who fail to complete their comprehensive exams within one calendar year will be notified by the Graduate Director that they must sit for the written comprehensive exams in their major and minor fields at the next regularly scheduled date offered by the department. If the student does not take the written comprehensive exams as scheduled by the Graduate Director, the student will be dismissed from the graduate program, unless the student provides a formal explanation that is accepted by the Graduate Committee. In accordance with the regulations of the Graduate School, students who fail a comprehensive exam must re-take that exam within one year and must pass the exam or be dismissed from the graduate program.