Office of the Graduate School

M.Ed. and M.S.Ed. Comprehensive Exams

The M.Ed. and M.S.Ed. Comprehensive Examinations are one of the final components that Master of Education and Master of Science Education students are required to complete to fulfill one of the degree requirements (except Sport Administration and Coaching Education & Athlete Development). 

Students registering for the Comprehensive Examination should also apply for graduation. The Registrar's Office has additional information about this process.

Montessori Education students should contact the Montessori Education Program at 513-745-3424 or to receive information about the Montessori Education Comprehensive Exam.

The comprehensive exams are administered online, once per semester, from 8:00 am to 11:00 am. Notes are not permitted during the exam.

The upcoming dates for the Comprehensive Exams are:

  • Saturday, July 13, 2024 (registration is now closed)
  • Saturday, November 9, 2024
  • Saturday, April 5, 2025
  • Saturday, July 12, 2025

Registration and Study Guides

Students within six credit hours of completing their degree requirements are invited to register for the Comprehensive Exam by completing this registration form. Study guides are available below. Paper copies are available in the Office of the Graduate School at 100 Hailstones Hall.

Major Specific Exam Study Guides

Students majoring in the programs below complete an examination in the area of their major.

Special Education students seeking a M.Ed. use the study guide for the CORE areas - found at the bottom of this page. 

M.Ed. CORE Areas Study Guide 

M.Ed. students majoring in Elementary Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education, complete the Comprehensive Exam in the Master of Education CORE courses. The CORE exam consists of three distinct areas. Students should have completed or are currently completing the following courses:

  • EDFD 500 History and/or Philosophy of American Education 
  • EDFD 505 Educational Administration/Organization of Educ. Systems in the U.S.
  • EDFD 507 Research Paper Class/EDFD 508 Research Paper 

CORE Study Guide for Elementary, Secondary and Special Education

If unsure which guide to study, or you have not yet completed or are currently completing, all of the courses listed for your major, please contact the School of Education at or 513-745-3701.