General Requirements for Doctoral Degrees
Dissertation and Final Project
Instructions for the development of a topic proposal may be obtained from the Music Graduate Office. The same office manages the scheduling of the dissertation or final project defense. Students desiring to undertake the defense during a summer session must apply to the director of graduate studies before May 1.
A Ph.D. student must be a candidate for the degree in order to defend a dissertation. The defense of the dissertation is oral and is normally based upon the dissertation, although it may also touch on the major field literature or any field of general music interest that the committee deems pertinent.