Loyola University Maryland

Department of Psychology

Master's Comprehensive Examination

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If you entered the program on or after May 15, 2008, you are under the "new" Comprehensive Examination system. Under this new system, all Masters Practitioner or Thesis track students must either pass or have waived all sections of the Comprehensive Exams for the track from which they are graduating. This must be done both (a) within the six year limit for completing the degree, and (b) by the third attempt at taking the exam. Failure to do so results in dismissal from the program.

To be eligible to take the Comprehensive Exam, students complete specific prerequisite courses which differ by program track. All Masters students must complete a Comprehensive Examination Application from by the appropriate deadline. This form is available on the psychology department or graduate psychology student Blackboard website; the application deadline is typically three to four weeks prior to the date of the exam administration and is posted on the academic calendar.

After receiving the application form, the department will inform the student if he or she has been waived from any sections of the exam and what sections the student is scheduled to take during the next exam administration. Comprehensive Exams are administered three times a year—in January, March, and July. The exam is in essay format and lasts for a day and a half.

Please refer to the Master Handbook on Blackboard for a detailed explanation of the comprehensive exam system.