Candidates for a graduate degree must pass a written comprehensive examination unless otherwise specified by the degree program. The Graduate School is responsible for the administration of the Comprehensive Examination. The Comprehensive Examination may not be taken before the student has completed the minimum graduate core courses required for the program including all prerequisite courses. Students enrolled in coursework that will result in the completion of the minimum core credit hour requirement (24 credits) may with the approval of the graduate Program Coordinator and advisor, be allowed to take the Comprehensive Examination during the same semester. Students must be advanced to candidacy prior to taking the comprehensive examination. For more details on the Comprehensive Examination policy please visit the Graduate School Catalog online.