Master's Plan II Guidelines
Hort & Agronomy Graduate
1) Advance to candidacy at least one quarter before you plan to take the exam; the form is on Grad Studies' website at
Fill out the form electronically and e-mail a copy to the Graduate Program Coordinator (Lisa Brown, firstname.lastname@example.org) to review. Once it has been reviewed, print it out, get your Graduate Program Advisorís and Graduate Program Coordinator's signatures, take it to the Cashierís Office (Dutton Hall) to pay the candidacy fee, then submit it to Graduate Studies (250 Mrak Hall).
The Graduate Program name is Horticulture & Agronomy; the Program Code is GHAG.
2) Meet with your Graduate Program Advisor to discuss the exam, and to determine who should serve on your Exam Committee; one of the three areas you are tested on should be a cropping system, for example fruit trees or vegetable crops. Once you have selected your committee members, and all three of them have agreed to serve on your committee, have your Grad Program Advisor and Comp Exam Committee Chair sign your Comprehensive Exam Committee Approval form, then submit it to the Graduate Program Coordinator.
This should be done at least two months prior to the exam.
3) Schedule your Comp Exam. As soon as it is scheduled, let the Graduate Program Coordinator know:
- when and where it will be
- confirm the names of your committee members
- confirm who will be Chair
Thereís paperwork that needs to be sent to your Exam Committee Chair, so the Graduate Program Coordinator needs to know the date of your exam at least two weeks ahead of time.
4) Meet with your exam committee members to discuss the exam Ė what their expectations are, what you should study, etc.
5) Prepare your MS Plan II Project Report; it needs to be submitted to your Exam Committee at least one week prior to your exam, preferably earlier.
The MS Plan II Project Report should contain an Introduction (containing a literature review on the subject of the project and a clear statement of the question or hypothesis being addressed in the project), a Materials and Methods section (containing a description of materials and methods used or to be used if the student is not involved in the complete execution of the project), a Results section (or Expected Results section if the results are not obtained as part of the project), a Discussion section that discusses either the results or expected results, a Conclusions or Implications section that addresses the application of the meaning of the results in relationship to the tested hypothesis, and a Literature Cited section (in an acceptable scientific format for the discipline).
The MS Plan II Project Report should be approximately 15-20 pages in length (double-spaced), including the Literature Cited section; it can be longer, if more space is needed. While the writing, organization, and grammar of this report should meet the high quality expectations of UC Davis graduate students, the research methodology and results of the overall project do not have to be of publishable quality.
6) The structure of the exam will be as follows:
- The exam will normally take approximately 2 hours.
- During the first 30-40 minutes, the student gives a brief presentation on the project, and the committee members question the student about it.
- This is followed by testing in three general areas (20-30 minutes each) related to the studentís coursework and area of interest; one of the areas should be a cropping system.
7) The outcome of the exam will be determined by the quality of the studentís Project Report and the quality of the studentís responses to the examinersí questions.