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Comprehensive Exam

The date for the Comprehensive Exam is March 8, 2018 for students who are graduating in Spring 2018.

Comprehensive Exam Application Form

  • You must complete the Comprehensive Exam Application form (above)  and mail or email it to Dr. Brittney Oliver, Health Promotion, P.O. Box 9805, Mississippi State, MS 39762 or This form is due on June 6, 2018.
  • All Health Promotion students’ planning to graduate in Summer 2018 will need to complete an Application for Degree form. The “Apply For A Degree” form can be found in the myBanner for Students section under “Academic Records” at the myState login. You must submit this form by the deadline, along with the appropriate fee, in order to graduate. The deadline for this application is May 21, 2018. Please consult the Academic Calendar for late application deadlines.
  • If you are interested in taking the comprehensive exam, please contact Dr. Oliver for more information at

Comprehensive Exam Information

**To be eligible to take the comprehensive exam, you must be enrolled in a class at MSU during the semester you want to take it.**

  • Please note that successful completion of the comprehensive exam is a requirement for graduation.
  • You must be within six (6) hours of graduating and/or in your final semester in the program and enrolled in an MSU class (as opposed to transfer credit) in order to qualify to take the comprehensive exams.
  • Distance education students can take the exam on the MSU campus or locate a proctor to give the exam at their location. Information concerning proctor requirements is available as part of the Comprehensive Examination Application form. Please be sure to complete it if you are planning to use a proctor.
  • Students who wish to use a proctor must identify this person on our Comprehensive Exam Application Form. We then contact the proctor and confirm his or her willingness/suitability to serve in that capacity. Exam materials are then sent via e-mail to the proctor for test day. Completed exams are returned to Dr. Hunt by the proctor immediately upon completion of the exam.
  • The comprehensive examination consists of a day-long exam (given in two, three- hour sessions) covering the Core classes in the program. The five classes covered are FNH 8593, FNH 8523, FNH 8553, FNH 8613, and FNH 8653. The exams are graded on a Pass/Fail basis. Students’ failing the written portion of the exam may, at the discretion of program faculty, be given the opportunity to remediate shortcomings.
  • Failure to pass the comprehensive exams will otherwise result in dismissal from the graduate program.

Exam Procedures:

In order to remain consistent with on-campus students, exams are given in two sessions, each lasting three hours. In session one, questions for FNH/PE 8523, FNH/PE 8613, and FNH/PE 8653 will be given. In session two, questions for FNH/PE 8513 and FNH/PE 8553 will be given. On-campus students complete their exams from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM and from 1:00 PM-4:00 PM. You must complete your answers using a computer. Answers must be formatted in Microsoft Word. You may use a computer at the proctor’s location or provide your own laptop. Please include answers to each set of questions in a file named with the course number for those questions. Upon completion of the exam, all Word files should be attached and emailed immediately to Dr. Oliver at no later than 10:00 AM (CST) on June 22, 2018.


Exams will be graded on a pass/fail basis. Each instructor grades the answers for his/her own course. Students will be notified by Dr. Oliver of their results as soon as possible. It usually takes approximately one week for exams to be graded and results reported.


  • You may not use any outside materials or references when completing your exam.
  • Since the exams are graded on a pass/fail basis, it is very important that you provide as thorough an answer as possible for each question. All questions require written answers (essay, listing, etc.). Be sure to respond in the manner asked for in the question.
  • Per MSU policy, students’ not passing the comprehensive exam may be dismissed from their graduate program OR offered an opportunity to remediate their answers. The decision to dismiss a student or allow remediation is at the discretion of program faculty.
  • Prepare as thoroughly as you can for comprehensive exams. If you have any questions prior to the exam, contact your advisor:
    • Dr. Brittney Oliver (Students with the name beginning A-L)
    • Dr. Barry Hunt (Students with the last name beginning M-Z)