Chapter 12 - Comprehensive Examination

In the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies Doctoral Candidates write their comprehensive examinations after completing coursework. Intended to help Doctoral Candidates prepare for the thesis research, the Comprehensive Examination presents an opportunity for Candidates to demonstrate general knowledge of their field and specific knowledge of their own research area. The Comprehensive Examination determines whether a Candidate should be permitted to continue through the final stages of the doctoral program.

Ph.D. graduates are expected to have expertise in one of the areas of study within one of the following OCGS fields of study:

  • Applied Exercise Science
  • Physical Activity Epidemiology and Health Promotion
  • Psychology and Socio-Cultural Studies of Sport, Health and the Body

They need to develop a breadth of knowledge that will allow them to excel as teachers and researchers in their chosen fields. In addition to a basic understanding of the fundamentals of their chosen sub-discipline, Candidates also need to have a sound knowledge of concepts related to their areas of research specialization. They should be able to speak wisely and authoritatively on recent developments in these areas. The Comprehensive Examination aims to provide a balanced evaluation of the Candidate’s strengths and weaknesses with regard to these expectations.

The Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination has both written and oral components.  There are two different formats for students to follow depending upon their area of study.  Please refer to the PhD Comp Exam Forms and Instructions webpage for details.