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MPA Comprehensive Exam

The comprehensive exam serves as a capstone experience in the MPA program. It is designed to provide students with the opportunity to integrate and to use the knowledge gained through their coursework in the program. 

The comprehensive exam is administered online three times annually and the dates are set by the Office of Graduate Studies and can be found on the Graduate Academic Calendar. 

Please review the steps below for detailed information regarding the guidelines to sit and apply for the exam.

Additional resources:

  • Accomodations: Need additional time for an exam? Are you registered with Learning Support Services? Follow this link to provide your medical documentation to make appropriate accomodations for the exam.
  • Library Access: Have you completed all of your courses and need access to the library to assist your review and preparations for the comprehensive exam? Follow this link to request extension of library priviliges. 

To be eligible to take the exam, students must have completed at least 24 credits (eight courses) and have a 3.00 GPA or higher.

It is highly recommended to have completed MPA 8011 through MPA 8061 prior to taking the comprehensive exam. 

Students do not need to be enrolled in a class the semester in which they sit for the exam.

Review the Graduate Academic Calendar for all exam dates and exam application deadlines (three offerings each year - Spring, Summer, and Fall). 


Review our MPA Guide to the Comprehensive Exam for all guidlines, expectations, and recommendations for preparation. 

  1. Review the Graduate Studies' policies pertaining to the comprehensive exam. 
  2. Complete the MPA Comp Exam Application and send to Michele Griffin at


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As you near the end of your studies, it is important that you are familiar with all graduation procedures!