Comprehensive Exams

Studying for comprehensive exams

The Comprehensive exam will consist of two components: 1) Standardized and 2) Specialized. The standardized component of the comprehensive exam will consist of a take home written exam in which students are required to prepare answers to three questions. For the specialized component, students will develop a dissertation research plan in consultation with their research advisor and guidance committee. Once a plan is approved, the student will give an oral defense of their written plan.

For more detailed information, please see the Comprehensive Exam section of the Graduate Student Handbook

Comprehensive Exam Resources

Example Questions

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2013 2013 2013
2014 2014 2014
2015 2015 2015
2016 2016 2016

Passing Answers and Faculty Feedback

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2015 2015 2015
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Core Course Syllabi