Early in their program, students should obtain a copy of the Comprehensive Examination Guidelines from the Religious Education office.
All prerequisites and regular course requirements of 48 credits or more must be completed before the student sits for the comprehensive examination. The comprehensive examination consists of eight sections, one of which may be given in a take home format, one of which may be a portfolio presentation, and six of which must be written in a supervised environment. The examination occurs on the dates published in the academic calendar for School of Education doctoral comprehensive examinations.
Formal application to take the comprehensive examination should be made by the beginning of the semester preceding the semester the student intends to take the examination.
For more detailed information regarding the comprehensive examination, see the Religious Education Doctoral Handbook.
Students should apply for advancement to degree candidacy when they apply to take comprehensive examinations and after they have:
• completed all prerequisites
• removed any English language deficiency
• completed all course requirements or are registered for them
• removed all deferred grades, except in DSRE 878 - Advanced Scholarly and Professional Development and DSRE 950 - Synthesis in Religious Education
The student is advanced to degree candidacy after passing the comprehensive examination
(Please contact the DSRE Department if you would like for your portfolio presentation to be used as an example above or if you have recommendations about books that should be included in the list of proposed books for comprehensive exams.)