College of Music Graduate Study College of Music Requirements for the Doctor of Musical Arts and Doctor of Philosophy Degrees
Doctor of Musical Arts degree programs are offered in: Music Composition, Music Conducting, and Music Performance. The Doctor of Philosophy degree program is offered in Music Education.
In addition to meeting the requirements of the University as described under Admission in the Graduate Education section of this catalog, students must meet the requirements specified below.
To be admitted to a doctoral degree program in the College of Music on regular status, an applicant must have:
a record of high academic achievement and demonstrate potential as a performer, conductor, composer, or research scholar acceptable to the program.
a master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant field.
a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 in any previous graduate course work.
Admission on provisional status may be offered if the applicant’s record is incomplete or contains minor deficiencies in preparation.
Doctoral Orientation Examinations
The primary purpose of the doctoral orientation examinations is to aid the student's academic advisor and guidance committee in planning the student's program of study.
All students who are admitted to the Doctor of Philosophy degree program with a major in music education must take the written doctoral orientation examination in music education.
All students who are admitted to doctoral degree programs in the College of Music other than music education must take the written doctoral orientation examinations in music history and music theory.
The examination in music history is given before the first day of classes in the fall semester. For additional information about the Doctoral Orientation Examination in Music History, contact the chair of the Music History Area. The Doctoral Orientation Examination in Music Theory is given before the first day of classes in the fall and spring semesters and the summer session. The results of this examination are used to place students in music theory courses. Based on the results of this examination, a student may be required to complete two collateral courses in music theory, Music 200 and 201. These courses will not count toward degree requirements. For additional information about the Doctoral Orientation Examination in Music Theory, contact the chair of the Music Theory Area.
Requirements for a Doctoral Degree
The student plans a program of study in consultation with a guidance committee, subject to the rules of college and the university. For the composition of the committees, see the information below regarding specific degree programs.
All students who are enrolled in the Doctor of Philosophy degree program with a major in music education are required to take a comprehensive examination in the field of music education.
For students who are enrolled in the Doctor of Musical Arts degree program with majors in music composition, music conducting, and music performance, see the statements on those programs in the sections that follow.
The comprehensive examinations are given during fall and spring semesters, and may be given during the summer session at the discretion of the faculty in the areas of music history, music theory, and music education.
Students are eligible to take the comprehensive examination only when the required course work has been completed as determined by the guidance committee, or during the semester in which it will be completed, with the exception of elective credits and Music 996, 997, 998, or 999 credits.
Final Oral Examination
The dissertation, composition, or scholarly paper on which the final oral examination is based must be submitted to the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and all of the members of the student's guidance committee no later than four weeks before the final oral examination. In cases where the final oral examination involves a lecture-recital and document, the student must pass the defense of the lecture-recital and the document before the lecture-recital can be performed. In cases where the final oral examination involves two lecture-recitals, the student must pass the defense of the lecture-recital before that lecture-recital can be performed. Final oral examinations and performances of lecture–recitals are given during fall and spring semesters, and may be given during a summer session with the approval of the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and every member of the student's committee.
A doctoral student in the College of Music must:
Maintain a cumulative grade–point average of at least 3.00.
Not accumulate deferred grades (identified by the DF–Deferred marker) in more than 8 credits in courses (excluding courses numbered 896, 897, 898, 899 or 996, 997, 998, 999).
If at the end of a semester a graduate student fails to meet one or both of the requirements specified above, the student shall receive a deficiency warning. If the deficiency is not removed within one year, the graduate student will not be allowed to continue in the degree program.
A student may accumulate no more than 6 credits with a grade below 3.0 in courses that are to be counted toward the degree.
Graduate credits may be transferred from other accredited institutions or international institutions of similar quality if they are appropriate to a student’s program and provided they were completed within the time limits approved for the earning of the degree desired at Michigan State University. The Associate Dean of Graduate Studies must grant approval. Only graduate–level courses in which at least a 3.0 (B) grade was received will be considered for transfer.
With the approval of the Guidance Committee and the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, these transfer credits may fulfill specific Michigan State University degree requirements; but not all transfer credits will necessarily fulfill specific Michigan State University degree requirements.
College of Music Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree
Should the student's guidance committee fail to accept the dissertation or the student's performance on the final oral examination, the student shall be allowed to rewrite the dissertation or to retake the examination only once. The dissertation must be rewritten or the examination must be retaken within one year, during a fall or spring semester.