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General Information

Students taking the comprehensive
examination will usually have 2-3 units of PSY 598 Graduate Directed
Study on their programs which provides an opportunity for guidance of
work done in preparation for the examination.  The student should
complete their PSY 598 units under faculty supervision during the
quarter prior to enrolling in the comprehensive exams.
students will work independently with their advisor who will guide their
study, recommend reading materials and give feedback on their
preparation.  For more information students should consult Dr. Brigitte

The comprehensive examination in the MFT
program consists of two areas:

1. A Multiple Choice Exam covering broad
principles of psychology as a scientific discipline.

2. Essays on Clinical Vignettes covering
issues of diagnostics, therapy, ethics, judgment and the law.

The examination is given on two successive
days, during Spring and Fall quarters only, in sessions lasting three
hours each day.  The first day covers area one; the second day covers
area two.

The student is required to write on two
clinical vignettes.  Each examination response will be scored on a
pass/fail basis, being read independently by at least two professors. 
To pass the examination, a student must receive "pass" scores from both
professors on two of the four questions.  In the case of a split
evaluation on a comps question, a third reader will be asked to evaluate
the question.  A student who successfully passes two questions on a
particular day but does not pass overall, does not have to repeat the
portion passed on a subsequent sitting.  A student who enters the
examination room, and then leaves without attempting an answer, will be
considered to have "sat" for that examination.  The comprehensive
examination must be passed within three sittings.

Students may have no more than one course
remaining to complete on their graduate program following the quarter in
which they first take the comprehensive examination.  Students must
formally apply to take the examination the quarter before it is
 This is done by filing an application with the graduate
secretary of the Psychology Department.  They must also register for PSY
596 (0) during the quarter in which they expect to take the
examination.  Those who subsequently wish to withdraw from taking the
examination without penalty may do so no later than the scheduled date
of the examination by notifying the graduate secretary.

The faculty will from time to time prepare
up-to-date lists of suggested readings to assist students in preparing
for the examination.  However, students are expected to show an
acceptable breadth of mastery in the field, acquired not only from the
lists of recommended reading, but also from class work.


□ Check your program to see that you
have "Comps" listed and not "Thesis' listed.

□ You have no more than TWO classes left
in your program.

□ Your G.P.A. is at 3.0 or higher.

You have passed the WPE.

You have been advanced to candidacy.

Note: For further information regarding
the requirements set forth by the College of Natural and Social Sciences
please read the
Graduate Handbook.