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 public presentation. Students desiring to undertake the public presentation during the summer term must apply to the director of graduate studies before May 1.
In order to make the final project public presentation (where required), a D.M. student must be a candidate for the degree and have completed all other degree requirements, including recitals. The public presentation may take one of a number of formats as outlined on the Music Graduate Office web site.
A Ph.D. or D.M.E. 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.