The comprehensive examination is taken after the completion of the core courses (Phase 1), before the student is allowed to proceed with the final courses, the practicum, and the writing of the thesis. The examination is based on six of the seven core courses:
BIB 501 Old Testament Genres and Issues
BIB 502 New Testament Genres and Issues
MIS 601 Socio-political Context of the Church
REL 602 Contemporary African Theology
LDS 501 Foundations of Christian Leadership
GEN 601 Writing for the 21st Century
A grade of 3.0 is required to pass the examination. If a student fails to achieve the minimum passing grade, he or she is required to review the area(s) found insufficient. The student may then take another examination specific to the area(s) of weakness. However, the student cannot take the second remedial examination until he or she has spent at least six months reading and reviewing in the area(s) of weakness. If the students fails to achieve a minimum grade in the second examination, he or she is dismissed from the program.
When a student successfully completes the comprehensive examination, the Director of Graduate Students sends him or her an official letter. The student is then advanced to candidacy status.