The comprehensive examination will follow the completion of the core courses and all courses in the major. It will consist of a review of a portfolio documenting student learning throughout the core and concentration courses, and a synthesis paper in which the student must integrate knowledge from core and concentration courses to solve a problem that the student is likely to encounter in his or her professional work setting. The student will have 10 days to complete the paper. The possible outcomes include pass, needs revisions, or failure.
The student may take the exam a second time within one year of the date of notification of failure on the first exam. The results of the second comprehensive examination are final. The Ph.D. Program Director will then recommend to the Dean of the Graduate College that the student be dismissed from the doctoral program.