The Master's Comprehensive Exam (M.A. Comp) is offered three times each year, during the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Students are eligible to take the exam after they have completed 24 credits towards their MA degree.
For the 2017-2018 academic year, the dates are:
November 20 - November 27
Application Period: October 2 – November 10
(applications will not be accepted before 10/2, final deadline is 11/10)
March 12 - March 19
Application Period: January 22 – March 2
(applications will not be accepted before 1/22, final deadline is 3/2)
July 16 - July 23
Application Period: May 28 – July 6
(applications will not be accepted before 5/28, final deadline is 7/6)
It is a requirement of these exams that they offer new and original material by the student and do not recycle writings that have already served in other contexts for the major such as course work or application writing samples.
Answers should be drawn from the total course of study as well as material on the M.A.filmography and bibliography, a list of important works provided by the department. Exam questions and answers may also refer to major texts in the field published since the bibliography was last revised. Essays must cite sources and do so using a consistent format (such as The Chicago Manual of Style or MLA Style Manual).