Comprehensive Exam

The comprehensive exam entails fulfilling all program requirements, which include meeting the minimum GPA in required courses and satisfactory completion of four written reports:

Click on each exam element to access further instructions & associated template. More information about the Practicum is available here. More information about the Policy Clinic is available here. 

Deadlines

Students are required to turn in all Comprehensive Exam documents to their Faculty Advisor at least two weeks prior to the deadline to give them time to review and give feedback.

Submission guide

Professional Development Plan

The Professional Development Plan is due no later than the end of the second week of the spring quarter in your first year.

Practicum Proposal

If you plan to start your Practicum during the academic year, you may submit your Proposal at any time before you begin work. 

If you plan to start your Practicum during the summer, you must submit your Proposal to your Faculty Advisor for feedback by Friday, May 12, 2023. The final Proposal must be submitted to Canvas by Friday, May 26, 2023. 

  • If you need an exception to this deadline, please contact the Program Coordinator with more information. We will review these requests on a case-by-case basis.
Practicum Report and Deliverable(s)

If you plan to graduate in June, you must submit your Practicum Report and Deliverable(s) to your Faculty Advisor for feedback by Friday, May 12, 2023. The final Report and Deliverable must be submitted to Canvas by Friday, May 26, 2023. 

If you plan to graduate in September (12-month track students), you must submit your Practicum Report and Deliverable(s) to your Faculty Advisor for feedback by Friday, August 12, 2022. The final Report and Deliverable must be submitted to Canvas by Friday, August 26, 2022. 

  • If you need an exception to this deadline, please contact the Program Coordinator with more information. We will review these requests on a case-by-case basis.
  • Since your Practicum Report and deliverable(s) are a part of your Comprehensive Exam, the program can't sign off on any graduation paperwork until we receive your Report & Deliverable(s). It is important to keep us updated so we can work with you! 
Policy Clinic Report

The instructor will set the deadline for this report, but it will be sometime at the end of the second quarter of the Clinic. 

Comprehensive Exam Committee Review

After approval by your Faculty Advisor, each of these elements are reviewed by the Comprehensive Exam Committee using a standardized rubric. Each committee member is responsible for reviewing one element of the Comprehensive Exam over the course of the academic year. 

View the rubric here

 

Document Authority Comprehensive Exam Committee Member
Professional Development Plan Mark Schwartz
Practicum Proposal Tyler Scott
Practicum Report

Mark Lubell

Policy Clinic Report Eric Post

Unsatisfactory results

Approval of these four reports by the Comprehensive Examination Committee constitutes passing of the exam.

If any component of these materials is less than satisfactory, the student will be asked to also have an oral exam that can include a basic understanding of the principles of the material, or an evaluation of the student's written products. The committee will determine if the student has learned the necessary tools with which they can succeed in their professional development plan. 

Students who do not pass the exam can be:

  • Asked to engage in individual study to fulfill deficiencies in knowledge
  • Retake classes