Comprehensive Exam and Candidacy

To apply for the Comprehensive Exam and Candidacy, you must have completed 24 hours towards your degree plan and been approved from your advisor. Comprehensive Exams are offered during a testing window once a semester in the beginning of February, June and October. Master of Education Comprehensive Exams are given as an online assessment and completed independently during the testing window. Students seeking Master’s degrees in HIED or LTDE will complete an end of program portfolio in place of the comprehensive exam. These students will apply only for candidacy.

  • Comprehensive Exam/Candidacy Application

  • Instructions to Student
    1. To apply for the Master's Comprehensive Examination, you must have been formally granted Candidacy status (which requires regular admission status, completion of 24 or more hours of coursework applicable to the degree and a GPA of 3.0 or above).
    2. To be eligible to take the Master's Comprehensive Examination, you must have completed a minimum of 24 hours of coursework which applies toward your degree and at least two of the core courses required in your program (if it has core courses) with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
    3. If you are eligible, fill out this form and submit to the College of Education & Behavioral Sciences office. You will be notified in writing when you are officially granted permission to take the exam.
    4. Upon notification of successful completion of the Comprehensive Examination, contact the Registrar's Office for further requirements in regards to graduation. You must file for graduation 2 semesters before your intended graduation date.
    I would like to be approved to take the Master of Education Comprehensive Examination in:
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  • (Month/Year)
  • I understand that I must pass the comprehensive exam/portfolio (or equivalents) as a part of my degree program requirements for graduation.
  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Application for Candidacy Status

    If qualifications are met, the advisor will sign and recommend approval to the Dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences. Student will receive a letter officially granting Candidacy Status.
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