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University of Hawaii at Manoa
University of Hawaii System
College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources

Tropical Plant Pathology
Graduate Student Handbook

Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination

The comprehensive examination is an oral examination of the candidate’s comprehension of plant pathology and related fields. Prior to the comprehensive examination, the candidate shall decide on three areas of concentration that will be examined in depth. One of these areas must be an outside discipline (e.g., horticulture, genetics, botany, biochemistry, entomology) relevant to plant pathology. The other two areas may be experimental design/statistics or one of the subdisciplines of plant pathology (e.g., mycology, bacteriology, virology, and nematology). The student may be examined on a wider range of subjects as well.

The purpose of the comprehensive examination is to formally determine candidacy to the Ph.D. degree program in Tropical Plant Pathology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

The candidate will be asked to integrate knowledge from the range of courses taken under the objectives of the candidate's degree program. At least one member of the student's Advisory Committee will be appointed by the Graduate Chairman to be responsible for the examination in each area during the comprehensive examination. The candidate is expected to schedule the examination with the Graduate Chairman at least 3 weeks prior to the proposed date. Students are encouraged to discuss the nature and extent of potential questions with the committee members prior to the examination. The examination will be chaired by the Graduate Chairman or her/his representative. All members of the candidate’s Advisory Committee must be present, and other members of the graduate faculty are encouraged to attend and participate in the questioning. Passing the comprehensive examination requires the approval by the majority of the members of the Advisory Committee. In the event that the candidate’s performance is not satisfactory, there are several alternatives:
1. The examination may be repeated at a later date.
2. A written examination may be given, followed by another oral examination.
3. A course may be recommended, followed later by another oral examination.

Failure to pass the comprehensive examination on the second attempt will result in removal of the student from the graduate program in Tropical Plant Pathology.

Program Goals

  • Students communicate effectively
  • Students are competent and knowledgeable biologists
  • Students conduct research in plant pathology


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