Comprehensive Exam
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Each master's degree student must pass a comprehensive examination at the conclusion of his or her graduate program in order to receive the appropriate master's degree.

Master of Arts in American Studies candidates are required to pass a multi-question essay exam about the core and elective courses that the candidate has taken. Specific questions will be composed by members of the the candidate's graduate advisory committee in consultation with the candidate.

Master of Counseling Psychology candidates are required to pass a 200-item multiple choice examination, which tests their knowledge in ten specific areas. The candidate must pass 7 of the 10 sections of the exam with a minimum score of 70% or must have a minimum over-all score of 70% on all 200 items. Candidates must also receive a minimum score of 80% on the theory section in order to pass the exam.

Master of Education candidates must develop and defend a portfolio according to guidelines developed by the Division of Education and approved for the graduate program by the Graduate Committee.

Details of the M.A. in American Studies exam, the M.C.P. exam, and the M.Ed. portfolio can be found in Section 2, page 9 of the Graduate Catalog.