Doctoral Degree Program

Doctoral Portfolio

Students who entered the doctoral program in the 2009-2010 Academic Year, and thereafter, will complete the Doctoral Portfolio, which replaces the Doctoral Comprehensive Examination. Students may find complete information about the Doctoral Portfolio here.

Doctoral Comprehensive Examinations

Students who entered the doctoral program PRIOR to the 2009-2010 Academic Year will be required to take the Doctoral Comprehensive Examination per conditions of the catalog under which they entered the program and pay all necessary fees associated with the exam.

Doctoral Comprehensive Examinations are now offered exclusively off-campus and will be conducted on the second Wednesday and Thursday of every other month (January, March, May, July, September, November). Please refer to the Academic Calendar posted on the website for exact examination dates.

NOTE: Students must have their Comprehensive Examinations proctored by Examity, an online proctoring service.

Examity is accessed directly through the Learning Management System (Canvas) course shell. After the student is enrolled in the Comprehensive Examination course shell, he/she must create a profile with Examity. After the profile is created, the student may schedule the exam. A picture ID is required to create a profile and the same ID must be shown to the online proctor on the day of the exam.

For more information about Examity, use the Canvas Student Integrated Quick Guide.

It is highly recommended that the examination be taken between the hours of 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Central Time) in order that Academy personnel may properly monitor and assist students if administrative problems occur.

The application process for the Doctoral Off-Campus Comprehensive Exam is as follows:

  1. Fill out the Doctoral Off-Campus Comp Exam Application
    (Students who have received approval to retake the Doctoral Comprehensive Examination must complete the Retake Application (link below).
  2. Provide the appropriate information and pay the necessary fees.
  3. The student will be emailed a confirmation from the Registrar’s office stating the student is registered for that examination date.
  4. Student will be notified when the examination course shell is open. At that time, student must create a profile with Examity and schedule the exam.
  5. Students who schedule an examination and do not show will forfeit all fees.

Please note that taking the comprehensive examination or being enrolled solely in the Portfolio does not retain a student in an enrolled status and thus, a student cannot request a student loan deferment based on taking the comprehensive exam or being enrolled solely in the Portfolio.

Master’s Degree Program

Students who enrolled in the Master’s Degree Program before 1 September 2010 are required to sit for the Master’s Comprehensive Examination.
Students entering the Master’s Degree Program between 1 September 2010 and 1 January 2014 are enrolled in a Master’s Portfolio based on the conditions of the catalog under which they entered the program. Students may find complete information about the Master’s Portfolio here.

Students enrolling in the Master’s Degree Program AFTER 1 January 2014 must select one of three academic track options before completing their Core Courses. The three-track options are:

  • Thesis Option (student will be enrolled in the Master’s Portfolio). Students may find complete information about the Master’s Portfolio here.
  • Non-Thesis Option (student takes three additional courses in lieu of writing a thesis or completing a Mentorship and must sit for the Master’s Comprehensive Examination at the end of their program of study.
  • Mentorship Option (student completes a Mentorship in lieu of the Thesis and Non-Thesis options and must sit for the Comprehensive Examination at the end of their program of study.

Students who elect the Thesis Option will be enrolled in the Master’s Portfolio. Students selecting the Non-Thesis Option or the Mentorship Option will take a Comprehensive Examination at the end of their program of study.

Master’s Comprehensive Examinations

Master’s Comprehensive Examinations are offered off-campus only and are offered on the third Thursday and Friday of each month, with the exception of December. The examination is not offered in December.

Each monthly exam will be limited to 15 students on a first come, first served basis and there will be no exceptions. See the Academic Calendar posted on the website for examination dates.

NOTE: Students must have their Comprehensive Examinations proctored through Examity, an online proctoring service.

Examity is accessed directly through the Learning Management System (Canvas) course shell. After the student is enrolled in the Comprehensive Examination course shell, he/she must create a profile with Examity. After the profile is created, the student may schedule the exam. A picture ID is required to create a profile and the same ID must be shown to the online proctor on the day of the exam.

For more information about Examity, use the Canvas Student Integrated Quick Guide.

It is highly recommended that the examination be taken between the hours of 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Central Time) in order that Academy personnel may properly monitor and assist students if administrative problems occur.

The application process for the Master’s Off-Campus Comprehensive Examination is as follows:

  1. Fill out the Master’s Off-Campus Comprehensive Exam Application
  2. Provide the appropriate information and pay the necessary fees.
  3. The student will be emailed a confirmation from the Registrar’s office stating the student is registered for that examination date.
  4. Student will be notified when the examination course shell is open. At that time, student must create a profile with Examity and schedule the exam.
  5. Students who schedule an examination and do not show will forfeit all fees.

Please note that taking the comprehensive exam or being enrolled solely in the Portfolio does not retain a student in an enrolled status and thus, a student cannot request a student loan deferment based on taking the comprehensive exam or Portfolio enrollment.

For instructions on studying and taking the graduate comprehensive exams, refer to the guides posted below.