Additional Program Information
Comprehensive Exam and Graduation Requirements
- The exam is given three times a year; December 1, April 1 and August 1. If the date falls on a holiday or weekend, the exam is administered on the first workday following.
Students must complete a Graduation and Comprehensive Examination Application and submit to the office of Graduate Studies.
Framingham State University
Office of Graduate Studies, Dwight Hall Rm 202
100 State Street
Framingham, MA 01701
- Application deadlines are strictly adhered to. The deadline for submitting the Application for the December 1 exam is August 15, and for the April 1 exam the deadline is January 15.
- The Application includes both Commencement and Comprehensive Examination information.
- The Comprehensive Exam is conducted by a four-member panel and must be passed with a minimum grade of B-. A majority ruling determines the result.
- A student who fails the exam is given one opportunity to take it again. The repeat cannot be taken in the same semester of failure without the approval of the Dean and Program Advisor. Students must file a new application for the retake. Please see the Graduate Catalog for further details.
- The TESL program makes available a Comprehensive Exam Study Guide. Students are encouraged to form study groups to prepare for the exam.
Requests for a waiver of a program prerequisite or approval of transfer credit of an equivalent graduate course completed at another accredited college or university will be considered at the time of admission based on course descriptions and documentation submitted with the student’s application. Courses accepted in transfer must meet the academic criteria established by Framingham State University. A maximum of two (2) graduate courses may be accepted in transfer and applied toward a Framingham State University degree program.
An exception is the Master of Science in Nursing where other coursework is generally not accepted for transfer credit.
In order to be eligible for financial aid, you must be matriculated in a degree program and enrolled in at least two courses per semester. For more information visit the Framingham State University Financial Aid Office, or call 508-626-4534.
Most Framingham State University graduate programs are part-time and therefore do not satisfy the full time requirement for the F-1 visa.
TOEFL scores are required of applicants seeking admission from non-English speaking countries. The TOEFL may be waived if the applicant has successfully completed at least two full academic years in a college/university in the United States of America, United Kingdom, Australian, New Zealand or Canada.
Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a Credit Evaluation service and translated into English.
Application materials such as transcripts, letters of recommendation, test score reports and copies of teaching licenses should be mailed directly to:
Admissions Processing Center
Framingham State University
Dwight Hall, Room 209
100 State Street, PO Box 9101
Framingham, MA 01701-9101