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 each candidate has taken. Specific questions will be composed by members of the the candidate's graduate advisory committee in consultation with the candidate. The exams will then be graded by committee members with a consensus vote of pass/fail. Approximately one month after the exam, candidates will orally defend their answers at a mutually-agreed-upon date and time with their graduate advisory committees.
Master of Counseling Psychology Candidates are required to pass a multi-question essay exam.The exam is pass/fail, graded with a consensus vote of the advisory committee and/or the psychology department faculty. Candidates must also orally defend their exam answers at a later scheduled date after the exam was taken.
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 about the M.A. in American Studies exam, the M.C.P. exam, and the M.Ed. portfolio defense can be found in Section 2, pages 9-10 in the 2016-2017 Graduate Catalog.