Comprehensive Exam & Dissertation

Students should meet with their Program Coordinator, Dr. Susan Catapano, to identify their Comprehensive Exam and Dissertation Chairs. This will be done in the Fall semester of their final year of coursework.


Comprehensive Exam

The comprehensive exam is an oral discussion, led by the student, based on a set of questions prepared by the committee that reflect knowledge, theories, and applications the student gained through the coursework.

Comprehensive Exam Information Checklist

Comprehensive Exam Committee

A comprehensive examination committee includes a minimum of three participants to be determined in consultation with a committee chairperson.  Students may ask faculty to serve as chair or member of a committee in their final year of coursework. The comprehensive exam committee may or may not have the same membership as the dissertation committee. Students may elect to change members of their committee in consultation with their chair.  If the chair of the committee is to be changed, the student may work in consultation with the chair of the Educational Leadership Department. Any change in committee requires a new Comprehensive Examination Committee Form be filed with the Educational Leadership Department Office.

Comprehensive Exam Committee Form


Dissertation

The written dissertation should be a substantial body of work that reflects the topic appropriately. Examples of dissertations are available in the Randall Library and in the Educational Leadership Conference Room

Dissertation Committee

A dissertation committee includes a minimum of three participants to be determined in consultation with a committee chairperson.  Students may ask faculty to serve as chair or member of a committee in their final year of coursework. The dissertation committee may or may not have the same membership as the comprehensive examination committee. Students may elect to change members of their committee in consultation with their chair.  If the chair of the dissertation is to be changed, the student may work in consultation with the chair of the Educational Leadership Department. Any change in committee requires a new Dissertation Committee Form be filed with the Educational Leadership Department Office.\

Dissertation Committee Form

Dissertation Proposal

The committee chair (and members) holds a meeting with the student to discuss the format of the proposal and expectations of the defense. The defense is a formal presentation. Following a successful defense of the proposal, a timeline for completing the dissertation and preparing for the dissertation defense should be generated to help organize the student and committee members.

Dissertation Proposal Checklist

Dissertation Defense

The dissertation defense is scheduled only after the dissertation is in its final draft with few edits remaining to be completed. The dissertation defense is a formal presentation. The committee schedules a 3-hour block of time for the defense.

Dissertation Defense Checklist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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