Rethinking Graduate Comprehensive Examinations

Mary P. Brewster, West Chester University
Randolph T. McVey, West Chester University

This paper provides an overview of various formats of comprehensive examinations mandated by criminal justice and criminology Master's degree programs in the Middle States area. A specific analysis of the comprehensive exam used by the Graduate Program in Criminal Justice at West Chester University of Pennsylvania will be presented. The evolution of the exam, its strengths and weaknesses, correlations between exam scores and GPAs, and recommendations for comprehensive exam development are included in the paper.

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