Comprehensive Exam

The Comprehensive Exam includes two parts:
1) Your video and PPT presentation, and 2) A 30 minute Interview portion

  • Your first step is to apply for the comprehensive exam. 
  • Once your exam eligibility is confirmed, you'll be added to a Blackboard course that includes detailed information about how to prepare and submit your presentation and video.
  • Next, you will upload your presentation and video for review by the exam Committee.  
  • After your video/presentation is reviewed by the committee and accepted as meeting the proper criteria, you will be contacted to schedule your exam.

The oral portion of the exam is scheduled on a first come, first served basis so the earlier you submit your comprehensive exam materials to Blackboard, the earlier you will be able to schedule your exam.  Your presentation/video must be uploaded by the exam deadline and then approved by the committee before you can schedule your oral exam interview.  For example, if your presentation and video are uploaded to BB and accepted before November 1st, you can schedule your exam for any open exam time on November 15th, November 28th, or December 5th (see chart below).  The department will contact you after your PPT and Video have been accepted to help you schedule the interview portion of the exam.

Please refer to the instructions page for a comprehensive list.  You can also review our Comp Exam Study Guide for tips on what to expect and how to prepare for the exam.

Fall 2017 Exam Dates and Deadlines:

Exam Date 


October 24, 2017

October 10, 2017

November 9, 2017

October 26, 2017

November 15, 2017

November 1, 2017

November 28, 2017

November 14, 2017

December 5, 2017

November 21, 2017