Comprehensive Requirement Guideline (Educational Leadership and Policy Program) 2023 and Later
Please note: These guidelines apply to students entering fall 2023 and later. Students who entered before fall 2023 may opt into either these guidelines or the old comprehensive exam guidelines. (Students must select one or the other full set of guidelines; they may not design a hybrid exam that combines aspects of the old and new guidelines.)
The purpose of the comprehensive exam for Doctoral degree programs in the Educational Leadership & Policy program is to:
- Evaluate and support the development of students’ knowledge in the substantive field(s) of their research in relation to educational leadership and policy.
- Determine students’ preparedness for undertaking dissertation research, identifying strengths and weaknesses.
The comprehensive exam has two components:
- A comprehensive paper that critically reviews and synthesizes the literature related to a problem of practice (for EdD students) or thesis topic (for PhD students), as selected by the student in consultation with the supervisor.
- An oral presentation during which the preparedness for undertaking dissertation research will be discussed.