Non-thesis track students are required to take a comprehensive exam (hereinafter, “comps exam”) based on what they learned in their core classes. The non-thesis track involves a 2 credit "comprehensive exam" course in which students develop their own study guide. Students will work on skills including: professional writing, citation, organization, time management, and studying. Students develop a “study guide” which can be used during the comps exam.
Students can take up to 6 hours to do the exam, with a half-hour break for lunch. The student will answer 3 essay questions. One question pertains to research methods and statistics, and every student will respond to this question. In addition, three questions which pertain to the core CRJ courses (CRJ 740, 750, 785, 788) will be on the exam, and each student will choose 2 of the 3 questions to answer.
More details on the exam are given to students prior to taking the exam.