The examination will vary depending on the area of concentration selected. Content of the exam will take into account the student's course work, research and special competencies. After completing the required coursework, the student must pass comprehensive qualifying written and oral examinations on topics determined by the major professor (i.e. committee chair) and the advisory committee (in consultation with the student), covering major field studies, comparative studies and theory.
Under normal circumstances, the grading of this exam will be completed within two weeks after it has been taken. The student will then be notified of the outcome by the major professor. When all steps are accomplished the exam is placed by the graduate coordinator in the student’s file.