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Comprehensive Exam

The PhD comprehensive examination focuses on your area of specialization and at least two additional cognate areas. This examination includes both a written and oral component.

Exam Committee

The comprehensive examining committee includes:

  • Three members (may or may not include the supervisor), one of whom will be from outside of the program.
  • At least two members of the comprehensive examining committee must be members of the Wilfrid Laurier Kinesiology and Physical Education graduate program.


The examination will normally be completed by the end of the third term of registration in the doctoral program.

A candidate has only two opportunities to successfully complete the comprehensive examination (pass/fail evaluation).

Unsuccessful Attempts

After the first unsuccessful attempt, the examination committee will identify areas of improvement and the method of improvement that the student must complete prior to re-examination. The student must complete the second examination within one term following the initial exam.