All students must successfully complete a Comprehensive Examination. The examination requires students to integrate course material into a form demonstrating both mastery and the ability to organize the material coherently and logically. Students who do not pass the Comprehensive Examination will receive feedback concerning their performance on the examination, and assistance in gaining additional experience to facilitate successful completion of this program requirement. A student who does not pass all parts of the comprehensive exam within three attempts will be automatically dismissed from the program.
Prior to taking the Comprehensive Examination, students must successfully complete all required courses, excluding the Forensic Seminar, as demonstrated by earning a grade of "B-" or better in all coursework. They must also submit an application to take the exam to the campus dean or department chair. Transferred courses are considered successfully completed.
Students taking the Comprehensive Examination must be in good academic standing, with a GPA of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0).
Comprehensive Examination Procedures
The Comprehensive Examination is offered during class a minimum of two times a year. The schedule of the exams will be distributed by the department. Students interested in taking the Comprehensive Examination should complete a request form at least two months before they intend to take the exam and return it to the department.
More information concerning preparation for the Comprehensive Examination will be provided as students become eligible to take the exam.