Graduate Student Handbook

3.3 Master’s Examination Committees

The CPH has a variety of culminating project requirements that vary by degree and path; however, every master’s degree student must have some form of Master’s Examination, one of the approved options for the student’s degree program. The examination is administered and evaluated by the Master’s Examination Committee. All members of the Examination Committee must be present at all times during the examination. The final examination lasts approximately one hour. Invited guests may only attend the first 30 minutes of the examination period, and may not participate in the examination nor be present during any evaluative discussion of the student by the committee.

The student graduating under the non-thesis option will have a committee composed of the advisor and a second faculty. Both faculty members must have category M or P Graduate Faculty status at Ohio State. Additionally, at least one committee member must have primary faculty appointment in the College of Public Health; a primary appointment is defined as receiving over 50% of salary from the College of Public Health. The second committee member is chosen with the agreement of the student and the faculty advisor. Any exceptions must be approved by the Division Chair/Program Director and the GSC Chair. MPH programs and specializations may be more restrictive regarding committee membership, such as requiring that both faculty members must have a primary appointment in the College of Public Health.

The committee for a student graduating under the thesis option will guide the thesis and administer the Master’s Examination (given orally). The usual committee composition is the student’s advisor and a second CPH faculty member chosen with the agreement of the student and advisor. Both committee members must have category M or P Graduate Faculty status in the College of Public Health and at least one must have a primary appointment in the CPH. Any exceptions must be approved by the Division Chair/Program Director and the GSC Chair. Students are encouraged to add a third faculty member representing another discipline outside the CPH to complement the skills of the CPH committee members.