Computer Science

Comprehensive Exam

If you are a candidate for the M.S. in Computer Science, have completed all your course requirements, and are not registered for courses, then you must be registered for 25799, Continuing Registration, to be admitted to the exam. The Department administers the exam only to currently registered students. (See Professor Zuckerman for additional information.)

Comprehensive Exam

Please register for the exam in the department office (FOB N-12).

When and Where
Wednesday, August 27, 11:00 A.M. - 2:00 p.m.
LC 102.

Who Should Take The Exam

Every MS Computer Science student must pass a comprehensive exam or complete a masters' thesis. The comprehensive exam may be taken at most twice. Failing the exam twice results in forfeiture of matriculation. The exam is given twice a year, typically in April and November.

Students who matriculateed in the MS Computer Science program after 1994 must take the comprehensive exam in the current format. We no longer offer the pre-1995 exam.

Exam Content and Format

The comprehensive exam is a three-hour written exam. All the questions will be taken directly from, or are similar to, questions in the book: Foundations of Computer Science (C Version) by Alfred V. Aho and Jeffrey D. Ullman, Computer Science Press, New York, 1995.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Effective Fall 1997, the text book is the C version of the Aho and Ullman text, not the Pascal version.

Additional Information

  • Past Exams (in PostScript format)
  • Frequently Asked Questions