MA exams may be taken during the first week of any regularly scheduled exam period. To schedule your exam, you must fill out the inevitable form (available from me) and return it at least 30 days before the exam period. The deadline for the January exam is November 30th. You must also select a fourth grader for your exam. Your work is given to the 3 member MA Committee without attribution, but the fourth reader knows whose work s/he is grading. This gives you an opportunity to choose at least one grader who is most likely to be sympathetic to your work.
Each grader is given an Exam Certification form to use for grading your exam. Possible scores are:
- High Pass
To pass, you need three passing scores. All exams with fewer than three passes will be reviewed by the GAC, which may uphold or overturn the MA Committee's assessment. The evaluation of the GAC is final within the department.
If you fail the M.A. Exam, in whole or in part, you will be placed immediately on academic probation. You will have one more chance to take the exam during the a subsequent regular exam period. Please note that the MA exam does change every academic year - if you wait past August to retake your exam, the reading list and exam questions will not be the same. Any student who fails the examination a second time will be formally dismissed from the program.
If you plan to apply to the CMCL Ph.D. program, you must take your MA Exam in January of your second year. Please plan accordingly. For more information, consult the CMCL Graduate Handbook, a link to which is on the menu on the right.