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General Exam

Before the General Exam, students must have completed at least 60 hours of coursework, 18 of which must be graded credits. It consists of both a written exam and an oral exam.

Note: students may register for as few as 2 credits during the quarter of their General Exam and not lose fulltime status. When preparing for the General Exam, enroll for credits under HCDE 600, CR/NC.

The General Exam Timeline and Process Overview documents have more information. 

The written portion of the exam consists of four questions representing each of the four thematic areas (Theory, Research Methods, Society & Systems, and Design & Engineering). The General Exam is administered by a four-member committee; the committee chair must be a member of the HCDE faculty who holds a doctoral degree (PhD, D. Phil, J.D. or equivalent in the specific field of study). Each member of the committee will be responsible for drafting and evaluating the question(s) in his/her subject area. 

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