D.M.A. Qualifying Examination

Advancement to candidacy is contingent upon the passing of a written examination and an oral examination normally administered at the end of year three for students entering with a bachelor's degree, and at the end of year two or the beginning of year three for students entering with a master’s degree from another institutionfor students entering with a master's degree from another institution. You must be a registered graduate student the quarter you take your qualifying examination, and you must have completed the language requirement.

Procedures (all forms are accessible at the Graduate Division forms page):

Q.E. Committee. A “Committee Nomination of Ph.D. Qualifying Examination” form must be submitted to the Graduate Dean at least one month before the examination. The Qualifying Exam Committee is recruited by the student and the dissertation adviser and consists of at least four members:

1. The dissertation adviser, who acts as chair on most matters but not at the Oral Exam

2. A tenured Academic Senate faculty member from the Music Department

3. An additional Academic Senate faculty member from the Music Department

4. One of the following: (1) a tenured faculty member from a different discipline at UCSC; (2) a tenured faculty member from the same or a different discipline at another academic institute; (3) a qualified non-academic person (CV and publication list must be submitted to the Graduate Dean for approval)

Timetable. If qualifying exam topics are set in Winter Quarter, the exam may be scheduled for late Spring Quarter or early Fall of the following academic year. If qualifying exam topics are set in Spring Quarter, the exam will normally be scheduled for Fall of the following academic year.

1. For the written portion of the exam, the Qualifying Exam Committee delivers three essay questions derived from the established exam topics, and the student is given a period of ten days to prepare written responses to these questions.

2. For the oral portion of the exam, which is to be chaired by a committee member other than the dissertation adviser, the student is expected to discuss knowledgeably any aspect of the established exam topics, with an emphasis on those issues addressed in the written portion of the exam.

3. The chair of the Qualifying Examination Committee will submit a “Report on Qualifying Examination” form, and a “Nominations for Dissertation Reading Committee” form (see “Dissertation Reading Committee” below), to the department chair for forwarding to the Graduate Dean no later than one month following the exam.

4. If the student has passed the exam, he/she must submit a $90 check for the Advancement to Candidacy fee, which will be submitted to Graduate Studies with the report (see “Advancement to Candidacy” below).

5. If a student fails the exam, he/she may retake the exam once. In rare instances, the department may petition the Graduate Council to waive the student’s right to the re-examination. Only under extraordinary circumstances will the membership of the Qualifying Examination Committee be altered between a failed exam and the second attempt, and only with approval of the Graduate Dean. If the report on the Qualifying Examination is not unanimous, the graduate dean will investigate and present the case to the Graduate Council for a final decision.