Ph.D. Dissertation

To satisfy requirements for the degree, you must complete a dissertation and present a related formal lecture or lecture-recital. The dissertation must embody substantial and original scholarly work based on a clearly distinguishable contemporary or historical music-cultural tradition, in any music-culture(s) of the world in which our program offers expertise. The public lecture or performance must demonstrate your grasp of the pertinent music-cultural performance tradition or music-cultural and/or music-historical concepts.

Dissertation Reading Committee

The Dissertation Committee comprises a minimum of three members of the Qualifying Examination Committee, two of whom must be faculty members of the Academic Senate, and will be selected by consensus of the members of the Qualifying Examination Committee. A “Nominations for Dissertation Reading Committee” form, available on the Graduate Studies forms page, must be submitted to the Graduate Dean with the report of the Qualifying Examination.

Final Examination

The final examination will be a public oral defense of the dissertation. After an oral presentation by the candidate, the candidate will be questioned by the Dissertation Reading Committee. Successful completion of the exam will be determined by a majority vote of the committee.

Submitting the Dissertation

The dissertation must be uploaded to the Proquest online database and the title page sent to Graduate Division. Please refer to the Dissertation Preparation Guidelines. A bound copy of the completed thesis should be turned in to the Music Department as well; this can have any type of binding and be on any type of paper.