Doctorate Core Comprehensive Exam

Doctorate Core Comprehensive Exam

Educational Leadership Doctorate Core Comprehensive Examination


Note: The examination procedures described here have been significantly revised starting with the March 2014 exam, and are subject to further changes.

Future Testing Dates:
Fall: Oct. 17-19, 2014
Spring: March 20-22, 2015

Exam offered twice per year on the weekend starting on the third Friday of October and the third Friday of March (unless that is Good Friday). Students have from 8:15 a.m. on Friday until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday to complete their comprehensive exam.

Required Forms

  1. EDLD Comps Registration Form (Ph.D) pdf – Complete three weeks prior to the testing date (This document may be saved to your computer, completed on screen, saved again, and attached to an e-mail).
  2. Completed Program of Studies Form – If you have not received a signed copy in the mail, contact your adviser and request they finalize and submit your formal program of studies (which lists all courses you are required to take as part of your doctoral work). This must be done prior to you being able to take the core comps.

The completed registration form can be e-mailed, faxed, or mailed to:

(269) 387-3896 (phone); (269) 387-3696 (fax)

Diane Bourgeois, Graduate Program Coordinator
1903 West Michigan Ave.
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI, 49008-5283

Or drop off at 3571 Sangren Hall.


General Information and Key Policies

Sample Comps "Confirmation Letter" pdf (received from ELRT office once registration form received, and eligibility requirements checked)

Study Materials
These actual, previously used comps cases are being provided as a service to students preparing to take the exam. Given that we have now moved to a take-home version of the comps, sample responses are no longer being provided.

Scoring Rubric
This scoring rubric is used by three different EDLD faculty to independently and then collectively review your comps responses.



Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
3571 Sangren Hall
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5283 USA
(269) 387-3896 | (269) 387-3696 Fax