Comprehensive examinations are offered in the fall and spring academic semesters. Typically, comprehensive exam dates are formerly announced the semester before by the Department Chair.
However, if you would like to have an informal estimate of the official dates before they are announced, here is a formula to use:
To calculate exam dates for the fall semester:
Comprehensive exams start date begins the first day of faculty contracts, which is usually 5-6 days before the official start of classes. Comprehensive exams end date is about 8 weeks (+/- 1-2 days) from the original start date. For example, for Fall 2010, comprehensive exams started Sept. 2nd, the first day faculty contracts started. Comprehensive exams ended October 29th, approximately 8 weeks after the official start date.
To calculate exam dates for the spring semester:
Comprehensive exams start date begins the first day of classes after winter break. Comprehensive exams end date is approximately 7 weeks after this start date.
Remember, you may choose a two week time period between the starting date and the final date within each semester to complete your exams. Best of luck!