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Graduate Examinations

  • Exam Administration Dates

    • Students may not show up and take the qualifying and/or comprehensive examination without having preregistered to take one or both exams with the Graduate Advisor. Once a student has registered to take a graduate exam, the Graduate Advisor will provide the student with the date, times, and locations of the exams.
  • Exam Registration:

    • Qualifying Examination -- In order to take the Qualifying Examination (a multiple-choice exam testing criminological theory, research methods, and statistics), students must:

      • have completed CRJU 504, CRJU 520, CRJU 525, and CRJU 530, all with grades of A or B;

      • be currently matriculated CSULB students enrolled in either 3 or more units of coursework or GS 700 for the semester in which they intend to take the exam; and

      • register for the Qualifying Exam by emailing Dr. Aili Malm (Aili.Malm@csulb.edu).
    • Comprehensive Examination -- In order to take the Comprehensive Examination (an essay exam testing a subject area selected by the student from policing or corrections), students must:

      • be “Advanced to Candidacy”;

      • be enrolled in either 3 or more units of coursework or GS 700 for the semester in which they intend to take the exam; and

      • register for the Comprehensive Exam by emailing Dr. Aili Malm (Aili.Malm@csulb.edu).

        NOTE: Students taking the essay comprehensive exam are not permitted to bring note cards into the exam.  Students may only bring a printed copy of the reading list to assist them in proper APA citation.  This reading list may NOT include the addition of any student notes or comments.

  • Details about the Exams

    Please consult the Graduate Handbook for more information about the Qualifying Examination and the Comprehensive Examination.