Qualifying Exam Information

Under the qualifying procedures, students (1) pass two in-class qualifying exams and (2) complete an independent research project that results in a publishable manuscript. The purpose of the two exams is to determine a student's knowledge of (a) theory, (b) research methods and data analysis, and (c) empirical literature, and to assess a student's (a) innovative, critical, and analytical thinking and (b) writing skills.

It is important to stress that the comprehensive exams covers knowledge of material beyond coursework.

Procedure Documents:

Grading Rubric - Research Methods

Grading Rubric - Theory    

Scoring Guidelines  

Qualifying Procedures

Sample Qualifying Exam

Appeals Process


Theory Comprehensive Exams:

Reading List



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