Comprehensive Examination

Future testing dates

Fall: November 6 - 8, 2020
Spring: March 19-21, 2021

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

Required forms for 2020-21

  1. Educational Leadership Comps Registration Form (Ph.D) (PDF, Word)—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 email.
  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 emailed, faxed or mailed to:

Andrea Beach, Professor and Associate Dean
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5283 USA
(269) 387-1725
(269) 387-3696 Fax

Completed registrations can also be dropped off at 3571 Sangren Hall.


These 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.

These scoring rubrics are used by three different Ed Leadership faculty to independently and then collectively review your comp responses.