To advance to degree candidacy, Interdisciplinary
Ph.D. students are required to pass a comprehensive examination that
integrates components of each discipline to which they have been
admitted. Either the written or oral or both component(s) of the
comprehensive examination must include an evaluation of the student’s
ability to integrate content, theory and/or methods from each specified
discipline. The doctoral comprehensive examinations must be completed
at least seven months before the date of graduation.
The following requirements must have been met before students can take the comprehensive examination(s):
The student must be enrolled when taking the
comprehensive examination. Comprehensive examinations are not
administered when UMKC is not officially in session. The comprehensive
examination may be written, oral or both. A student, through his or her
adviser, applies to the dean of the School of Graduate Studies for an
examining committee. This committee consists of members of the
student’s supervisory committee and others approved by the dean of the
School of Graduate Studies. The examination is arranged and conducted
by the examining committee. Upon completion of the examination, the
student’s research adviser sends a report of the results, carrying the
signatures of all members of the examining committee, to the dean of
the School of Graduate Studies, who then informs the student and the
A student is considered to have passed the
comprehensive examination if no more than 20 percent of the committee
members vote for failure of the student. If failure is reported, the
examining committee will either recommend termination as a Ph.D.
student or suggest additional work or other remedial measures.
Furthermore, a student who has failed may not take a second examination
for at least 12 weeks. Failure of the second comprehensive examination
shall automatically preclude candidacy at this institution.
- Successful completion of all qualifying requirements and full admission to the School of Graduate studies.
- Appointment of a research adviser and supervisory committee.
- Filing and approval of the Ph.D. plan of study and completion
of essentially all coursework or other study required for the degree.