Master’s Comprehensive Examination Dates and Policies

A comprehensive examination is required for all Master of Education and Master of Science in Sport Management students. To be eligible, an official degree plan must be on file in the UHV Office of Admissions & Records, and you must be enrolled in coursework the semester the exam is to be taken. COUN students must be enrolled in their last semester or the semester before graduation. All others (AHED, ELAS, CUIN, KINE, and SPED) must complete 24 hours of approved coursework before taking the exam.


Fall 2023

  • Oct. 21, 2023 Test Date
  • Sept. 22, 2023 Application Deadline
  • Oct. 6, 2023 Late Application Deadline

Spring 2024

  • March 23, 2024 Test Date
  • Feb. 23, 2024 Application Deadline
  • March 8, 2024 Late Application Deadline

Summer 2024

  • June 22, 2024 Test Date
  • May 24, 2024 Application Deadline
  • June 7, 2024 Late Application Deadline

Application for Candidacy and Master’s Comprehensive Examination

There is no fee for the exam if the regular application deadline is met. If the Application Deadline has passed please use the following link to pay the fee in addition to completing the application:
Master Comprehensive Exam late application fee

The Purpose of the Comprehensive Examination:

  • To provide the student with an opportunity to demonstrate a synthesis of knowledge gained through the Master’s program coursework.
  • To assess the student’s knowledge gained in coursework and his/her ability to retain and use this knowledge over a long period of time.
  • To assess the student’s ability to clearly communicate information and ideas related to the profession.

Scoring the Exam:

All programs except Professional Counseling: The exam consists of three essay questions. Each question will be evaluated on a “pass” or “fail” basis by the committee member (usually within two weeks).

  1. The exam will be evaluated on a “pass” (pass all three question); “Conditional Fail” (pass two questions and fail one question); or “fail” (fail two or three questions).
  2. If a student receives a Conditional Fail on the exam, he/she may arrange to meet with the committee member to determine the process for removing the deficiency.
  3. If a student receives a Fail on the exam, he/she must reapply to retake the exam on the next scheduled test date.
  4. Candidates who receive Conditional Fail or Fail on three successive attempts of a comprehensive exam will be terminated from the program.
  5. For CUIN and SPED students, the committee will consist of: A faculty member from the Major area A faculty member from the Supporting Area A faculty member from the Master Common Core Area The student’s advisor must be one of these faculty members.
  6. For students in the Discipline/Instruction track of the Adult and Higher Education program, one question must be written by a faculty member in the content/discipline area (e.g., English, Psychology, etc.).

Professional Counseling: Please contact the COUN Testing Coordinator at for the Professional Counseling testing protocols including passing rates and application instructions.