Successful completion of the comprehensive examination is a requirement of all candidates for the MSCABH program. The purpose of the comprehensive examination is to assess student understanding of core competencies across the program's core courses as well as students' ability to apply these core competencies in their areas of concentration. For more information regarding the MSCABH Comprehensive Exam, please review the instructions document.
Students should plan to take the comprehensive examination during the semester after they have successfully completed the required four program core courses and the required concentration courses. Students are required to obtain approval prior to taking the Comprehensive Exam by filling out the Comprehensive Exam Approval Form. Students should complete the form and submit it to their Advisor for signature and processing. The deadline to submit the signed form is the last day of the second week of classes in the semester for which the student is applying to take the exam.
Starting with the summer semester of 2017, students requesting approval to take the Comprehensive Exam must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and earned no lower than a B on the five courses covered on the comprehensive exam. Students who have earned a grade below a B in any of the five courses covered on the comprehensive exam will be required to retake the course(s) and achieve a B grade or better in order to qualify to take the exam.
Students prepare for the comprehensive exam by conducting a thorough review of the materials covered in each of the core courses and the concentration core course designated for the Comprehensive Exam. Therefore, it is important to keep the syllabi and other materials from these courses.
The MSCABH Comprehensive Exam will consist of questions based on the 4 core courses of the program:
- Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health, MHS 6069
- Cultural Competency in Children's Mental Health, MHS 6027
- Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Policy, MHS 6706
- Evaluation and Research Methods in Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health, PHC 6708 / MHS 6900
As well as the one required concentration core course:
- Leadership: Applied Leadership in Children's Behavioral Health, MHS 6626
- Development Disabilities: Issues and Trends in Developmental Disabilities, MHS 6065
- Youth and Behavioral Health: Family-Centered Interdisciplinary Care, MHS 6095
- Research & Evaluation: Foundations in Adolescent Behavioral Health Course, PHC 6539 / MHS 6900