Comprehensive Written Exam
(Effective Fall 2011)
All students entering the program Fall 2011 or later and who select the Administrative Field Experience (EHS 6900) or the Master’s Project (EHS 7850) as their capstone experience must pass a Comprehensive Written Exam before they begin their capstone experience. For students who elect to complete the research based Master’s Thesis (EHS 7900), the Comprehensive Exam is incorporated into the Thesis.
See below regarding some frequently asked questions.
- When should I complete the Comprehensive Written Exam?
The Comprehensive Written Exam should be completed after you have completed EHS 6630 (Research Techniques), EHS 6655 (Epidemiology), and a minimum of four courses from the Concentration Core (Exercise Physiology or Worksite/Community Health Promotion) and no later than one semester prior to enrollment in your Capstone Experience course. Please consult with the Graduate Program Coordinator to determine the appropriate semester to take the Comprehensive Written Exam.
- How do I register for the Comprehensive Written Exam?
Fill out the Comprehensive Written Exam Form and submit it to the Graduate Program Coordinator.
- Who will select the Comprehensive Written Exam Committee?
The Comprehensive Written Exam Committee selection must be done in consultation with the Graduate Program Coordinator since there are numerous factors that determine which Graduate faculty would be appropriate to serve on the Committee. Since serving on the Committee is a major time investment, Graduate faculty members have the discretion whether or not to serve and their appointment must be approved by the Department Chair.
- Who selects the Exam questions?
The Comprehensive Written Exam Committee will select the questions from EHS 6630 (Research Techniques), EHS 6655 (Epidemiology), and the four courses from the Concentration Core (Exercise Physiology or Worksite/Community Health Promotion). The members of the Comprehensive Written Exam Committee will be responsible for grading the exam and students will be notified of the outcome within 2 weeks following the exam.
- What happens if I do not pass the Comprehensive Written Exam?
Students are expected to perform at a level of 80% (based on 100 point scale; “B” level or above) to pass each component of the exam. Students will be given one opportunity to retake any component(s) they do not successfully pass on their first attempt.
- What happens if I do not successfully pass one or more components on my second attempt at the Comprehensive Written Exam?
Failure to successfully pass the Comprehensive Written Exam in two attempts will immediately suspend a student’s progression through the M.S. in Applied Exercise and Health Science program. The Graduate Program Coordinator will call a meeting of all Graduate Faculty members and the Department Chair to discuss the student’s future viability in the program. Depending on the individual circumstance, the final outcome could be a formalized remediation plan or possible dismissal from the Program.
- Why are students who select the research based Master’s Thesis (EHS 7900) not required to complete the Comprehensive Written Exam?
These students are required to pass a Comprehensive Exam, but it is not in the same written format as required for other students. The Comprehensive Exam is incorporated into the two semester length Thesis experience, and their performance is assessed by the Thesis Committee in both written and verbal formats. The culmination of the Master’s Thesis will be a Thesis defense which will include the Thesis Committee and other Graduate faculty and students. Due to the nature of the Thesis, this defense will include verbal questions that require synthesis and integration of content from Graduate courses.