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Get master's degree by just taking comp?

  1. Jan 16, 2012 #1
    Do institutions which do not require master's theses allow scoring high enough on a comp exam to earn a master's degree without either being admitted in their master's program or having taken any classes with them? Thanks
     
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  3. Jan 16, 2012 #2

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    Re: Take comp → immediately get master's degree?

    No, I don't know any schools that do that. Most schools that require a comprehensive exam to get a masters make you take it after the coursework, so it's still possible to pass all of your classes and not get a masters if you don't pass the exam (I've seen it happen).
     
  4. Jan 16, 2012 #3
    Re: Take comp → immediately get master's degree?

    I think a more appropriate place to find your answer is the website of the particular school.
     
  5. Jan 16, 2012 #4

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    No school does that. Well, not and maintain their accreditation.
     
  6. Jan 16, 2012 #5
    For students who have enough advanced standing (AP, IB, etc) to graduate about two semesters earlier, it is possible, in certain subjects at certain universities/colleges, to graduate in 4 years with BS+MS degrees. Harvard have a similar program for Mathematics and for Physics, awarding the AB and AM degrees.
     
  7. Jan 17, 2012 #6
    Probably most physics programs don't, but what about other majors? Thanks
     
  8. Jan 17, 2012 #7

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    I don't know about other majors, but I seriously doubt it. A degree is a program of study, not a test.
     
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