For Current Grad Students

Comprehensive Exams for Non-Thesis Students

**The Winter, 2013, Comprehensive Exam Date is Scheduled for Friday, December 20, 2013, 8:00 am in the ESS Conference Room (315 CHS)**

All students on the non-thesis tract, whether they are Sport Psychology, Exercise Physiology, or Human Performance, must take comprehensive exams. Specific information about the exams is as follows:

1. Students are eligible to take the exams following the successful completion of all coursework and are not on academic probation. Students must contact the ESS Graduate Chair in writing (email, postal mail) at least two weeks before the scheduled exam date, and not prior to four weeks, with their intention to take the exams. At this time the student must submit to the Graduate Program Chair a graduation audit worksheet, filled out as much as possible. Please conduct your own degree audit on HomerConnect to check your status. It is your responsibility to make sure that any necessary forms, e.g., grade changes or waiver-subs, are completed.

The graduation worksheet is available in the document section of this web page.   You may also obtain these forms from the ESS Graduate Program Office or the Graduate Program Chair.

Students re-sitting for one or all of the exams must email the graduate program chair(jives@ithaca.edu) stating which sections you will be re-taking.  Please state if it is your 2nd or 3rd attempt, and when you last sat for the exam(s).

All students requesting to take the comprehensive exams will receive email from the Graduate Program Chair if there are any problems.  If you require confirmation early please contact the graduate chair (jives@ithaca.edu).

2. New students take two exams in the following order; (a) Statistics and Research Methods - from 8:00 am until 11:00, and (b) Concentration area (i.e., either sport psych, ex phys, or human performance) - from 11:30 am until 3:30 pm. The concentration area test is four hours long and the stats/research methods test is three hours long.

For students retaking the exam(s) please contact the graduate chair to determine the order of exam administration. Note that the leadership exam is no longer being administered to current students, but students from previous years must still complete this requirement.

3. All tests are administered on the same day and only two times per year. Students take all exams on the same day. The tests are given after Summer Session II during the first part of August, and again in December on the last day of the fall semester final exams.

4.   Research Methods & Stats: An informational sheet is available on Dr. Kaye's faculty page under documents. Double check with Dr. Kaye if you need to bring a calculator. For those of who took Research Methods methods with Dr. King, a portion or your test will be based on Dr. King's class. Contact Dr. King for study information.

5.    Test material for the concentration area is on both theory and application required courses. This generally, but not always, means the following:

  • Exercise Physiology courses: Physiological Mechanisms I and II (or Advance Exercise Physiology in place of PhysioMech I), Cardiopulmonary Assessment, and Pathophysiology. Students are encouraged to also bring forth material from Strength & Conditioning and Multidimensional Assessment.
  • Sport Psychology courses: Psychological Perspectives, Psychological Applications, Counseling, Motivation/Team Building. Students are encouraged to use material from other courses as well.
  • Human Performance: Test is based on the core physical sciences courses (Advanced Exercise Physiology, Advanced Biomechanics), core psychological sciences courses (Counseling Student Athletes, Team Building, Motivation), and practical integration of both (Multidimensional/Cardiopulmonary Assessment, Psychophysiology/Exercise & Rehab Psychology). See Dept. Chair for more details.

Specific content area is unique to each professor, so students are encouraged to discuss topic areas and study guides with their professors.

If you had courses waived or substituted please contact the graduate chair for more information.

6. Test material for Leadership is based on that course and applied to your concentration area. See the course instructor for specific material. (This only applies to certain students who matriculated before 2009. If you are unsure if you need to take this exam please contact the Graduate Chair.)

7. There are no set number of questions, but for the concentration area and the Stats/Research Methods area there are typically 4-10 questions. In your answers we look for factual understanding, synthesis of material across domains, and the ability to apply the information in new areas.

8. Exams are graded pass/fail and are typically graded within three weeks. Students who fail one or more of the tests are usually given a second opportunity to take the failed exam(s). Students needing to take an exam again must wait until the next time the comprehensive exams are offered.

Graduating and Graduation Date

Graduation dates may differ. Here are the options for graduation:

December. Non-thesis students taking comprehensive exams in December. Please note that due to changes in the college's scheduling of final exams from year to year, that some years we may not be able to guarantee grading of the comprehensive exams in time for a December graduation.  In such cases the graduation date will be moved to May.  Thesis students must submit a final draft to the ESS Grad chair NO LATER THAN 5 WEEKS PRIOR TO THE LAST DAY OF THE FALL SEMESTER FINAL EXAMS. Graduation at this time can only be guaranteed if the thesis does not require revisions prior to approval.

May.  This graduation date is for students completing comprehensive exams in the previous December (see above) and thesis students finishing up during the spring  semester. Thesis students must submit a final draft to the ESS Grad chair NO LATER THAN 5 WEEKS PRIOR TO THE LAST DAY OF SPRING FINAL EXAMS if they want this grad date. Graduation at this time can only be guaranteed if the thesis does not require revisions prior to approval.

August. This graduation date is for students missing the May graduation date. Thesis students must submit a final draft to the ESS Grad chair NO LATER THAN 5 WEEKS PRIOR TO THE LAST DAY OF SUMMER SESSION II FINAL EXAMS  if they want this grad date. Graduation at this time can only be guaranteed if the thesis  does not require revisions prior to approval.

October. For non-thesis students taking comprehensive exams in August, and for thesis students completing their thesis in due time. Thesis students must submit a final  draft to the ESS Grad chair NO LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 1  if they want this grad date. Graduation at this time can only be guaranteed if the thesis does not require revisions prior to approval.

It is entirely up to the student to apply for one of the graduation dates!

The graduation ceremony (commencement) and the hooding ceremony: There is only one commencement and only one hooding ceremony.  They are not the same. Grad students may participate in both, but the hooding ceremony is only for graduate students so that they may be "hooded" with their masters' degree hood.  The graduation ceremony is only on a Sunday in May, and the hooding ceremony is the day before on Saturday.

Students not graduating in May can still participate in commencement and hooding. Whether students can participate in either ceremony before graduating or after graduating is up to the Registrar (commencement) or Graduate Studies Office (hooding).

It is entirely up to the student to contact the Registrar's office about  which commencement year they can participate in, and contact the Graduate Studies Office about which hooding ceremony!