Doctoral students must pass comprehensive exams to demonstrate advanced theoretical knowledge in their selected substantive area of interest. Students choose one exam either in 1) the Globalization track or 2) the Institutions and Inequalities track. If you are a full-time student, you should aim to complete these exams by the end of your third year in the program. 

An audio recording of an information session focused on the comprehensive exam process can be accessed by current doctoral students through Blackboard. To access the recording, students should sign into their myMason Blackboard account and then click the link below.

Comprehensive Exam Preparation Discussion Audio

From the myMason homepage, students can access this content by selecting "Sociology PhD Student" from the list of Organizations. In the Sociology PhD Student organization, this content is found at Content--> Comprehensive Exam Preparation Discussion Links.