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The comprehensive examination gives students the opportunity to display the development, synthesis, and application of the material they have learned from being involved with the graduate program in Counseling Psychology. All students must successfully complete the comprehensive examination prior to the granting of the graduate degree. Ideally, students should take their comprehensive exam towards the end of their studies in the program.
To sit for the comprehensive examination, a student must have an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0. The comprehensive exam will be offered three times per year, once in the Fall, once in the Spring and once in the Summer. Students must register for the comprehensive exam in the same manner that they do for classes. Yearly dates for the comprehensive examination will be posted on the program bulletin board and will be available through the program secretary and through the student’s academic advisor.
Each student will be assigned a comprehensive advisor. The student’s comprehensive advisor is responsible for guiding the student through the comprehensive process. The student should work closely with his/her comprehensive advisor to help ensure successful completion of the comprehensive exam. Any questions the student may have about the comprehensive examination should be discussed with the student’s comprehensive advisor.
The comprehensive examination will be essay in format consisting of four questions. Three of these four questions will be developed by program faculty. The fourth question will be developed by the student and his/her comprehensive advisor.
Students should meet with their comprehensive advisor a minimum of one month prior to the dissemination of the exam questions in order to begin discussing and developing their fourth question. Comprehensive advisors will be able to deny students the ability to take the comprehensive if the advisor feels there is insufficient time or work by the student to adequately develop the fourth question. It is very important that the student meet early with the comprehensive advisor.
Please see the Graduate Program in Counseling Psychology Master’s Comprehensive Handbook for further information on the examination and the examination process.