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Comprehensive Exam

When doctoral students in the School Psychology program successfully complete all of their prescribed course work, they advance to the comprehensive examination phase of their studies. The written and oral examinations emphasize the summarization and integration of relevant literature and course work completed throughout the advisory phase of the program.

Students in the School Psychology program must complete comprehensive examinations using either Format 1 or Format 2, as described in the Handbook for PhD Students and Advisors.

Format 1 involves a written major comprehensive examination of approximately 8 hours in length, followed by an oral examination. The written examination occurs in 4-hour long sessions on two consecutive days.

Format 2 involves four take home questions given at one time to the student. Students may take two weeks to complete each question for a total of eight weeks to complete all four.

The determination of the Format 1 or 2 for written comprehensive examinations will be made by the Advisory Phase Committee at the time the student's prospectus is approved. When the major written examination has been determined to warrant proceeding to the oral candidacy examinations, a two-hour, oral examination administered by members of advisory phase committee follows:

The committee will evaluate the written and oral examinations on a whole; satisfactory completion of both examinations is required to enter candidacy. More information about written and oral comprehensive examinations is available at the following links: