Comprehensive Exam

  • This examination is given, usually upon the candidate’s completion of course work, to determine the student’s progress in the degree field and fields related to it and the student’s likelihood of success in his/her research-dissertation phase.

    The examination may be written, oral, or both and is not necessarily limited to areas in which the candidate has taken course work. In addition to having written procedures for taking the comprehensive exam, departments must also have written procedures regarding providing feedback for comprehensive exams. Note: See Program Level Exams Appeal Policy.