The comprehensive examination is administered in two segments.     

  •  Theory of Public Administration and Research Design/Methods: The exam theory of public administration and research design/methods is taken after the completion of the first year of coursework. The exam is administered over several days in late May. 
  • Fields of Specialization: Exams in the two fields of specialization are typically taken in the last two weeks of September after completion of second-year coursework. 

For more information about Examinations, please see the PhD Handbook and our FAQ page.