Comprehensive Exam

The Summer 2019 Comprehensive Exam Application is now open. Apply now.

The Comprehensive Exam includes two parts:
1) Your video and PPT presentation, and 2) A 20 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 the required materials (WebEx test screenshot, unofficial transcript, presentation, and video) to Blackboard 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.

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

We strongly recommend you watch this video for tips on how to deliver a quality comprehensive exam. Note that this video was recorded prior to some comp exam process changes.

  • 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 June 11th, you can schedule your exam for any open exam time on June 18th, or a later open exam date (see chart below).
  •  Submitting materials to Blackboard by the due date below does not guarantee an exam time will be open on all dates listed after, but if you meet the deadlines, we will ensure you can take the exam before your intended graduation semester.
  • The department will contact you after your PPT and Video have been accepted to help you schedule the interview portion of the exam.  If you have questions about this process, please contact your advisor.

 Exam Dates and Deadlines:

Oral Exam Date:

PPT & Video DUE BY 5:00 PM CST:

June 18, 2019

June 11, 2019

June 26, 2019

June 19, 2019

July 10, 2019

July 3, 2019

August 6, 2019*

July 30, 2019

* IMPORTANT! August 6th is NOT for students who plan to graduate in the Summer 2019 semester.