Doctoral Degrees

Doctor of Education

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree emphasizes the application of theory to the improvement of educational practice. The test of knowledge is the ability to demonstrate applicability to a variety of educational situations. Emphasis is upon the development of decision-oriented inquiry skills in which the educator applies theory and knowledge to the solution of educational problems. The person holding the doctor of education degree is a practitioner of education, but one whose practice is drawn from a highly developed, scholarly study of educational theory coupled with skills of analysis which permit direct application of that theory.

To qualify for the Ed.D. degree, the student must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete 96 semester credit hours including 6 hours of research tools and normally a minimum of 12 hours and a maximum of 55 hours of dissertation research.
  2. Pass a written comprehensive examination, in the major and minor fields of study.
  3. Prepare and submit an approved dissertation to the University.
  4. Pass a final examination, which typically involves the defense of the dissertation.
  5. Complete all work for the doctoral degree within eight years from the date of filing the student’s Program of Studies in the Office of Graduate Studies.

The residency and time requirements and the regulations pertaining to appointment of Supervisory Committees and submission of Programs of Studies for the Doctor of Education are the same as those for the Doctor of Philosophy degree. Please refer to the Doctoral Degree Requirements.

Qualifying Procedure

An applicant for a doctoral degree in education must:

  1. Have earned a bachelors degree from a regionally accredited institution with the same general requirements as those indicated for masters degree candidates.
  2. Show evidence of the scholastic ability necessary for the successful pursuit of advanced work.
  3. Provide evidence of at least two years of successful professional experience or of a program of professional experience approved by the adviser.

Doctor of Musical Arts

To qualify for the Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) degree, it is the student’s responsibility to meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete 90 semester credit hours, including a minimum of 3 hours doctoral document research.
  2. Pass a written comprehensive examination, in the major and minor fields of study.
  3. Prepare and submit an approved doctoral document to the University.
  4. Pass a final examination, which typically involves the defense of the doctoral document.
  5. Complete all work for the doctoral degree within eight years from the date of filing the student’s Program of Studies in the Office of Graduate Studies.

The residency and time requirements and the regulations pertaining to appointment of Supervisory Committees and submission of Programs of Studies for the Doctor of Musical Arts are the same as those for the Doctor of Philosophy degree with the exception of the dissertation hours required. Please refer to Doctoral Degree Requirements.

Establishing the Supervisory Committee will depend upon the student’s demonstrated ability in the fundamental subject matter of his or her field and on professional promise.

After admission requirements have been fulfilled, conferral of the DMA degree is contingent on a high level of attainment in the candidate’s major area. In composition, this will include performances of compositions composed after acceptance into the doctoral program. Work submitted for approval must include one work for chamber ensemble and one work for orchestra or its equivalent. In performance and jazz studies, this will include four full recitals and one lecture recital. The literature performed at these recitals must be representative of all major schools and styles within the performer’s chosen discipline. In conducting, three full recitals are required.

In addition, proficiency in music scholarship must be demonstrated by the completion of a doctoral document or, as determined by the composition faculty, other options for composition students, and completion of academic studies in music.

When a student has successfully completed the required coursework (excluding the final recital, applied music, ensemble and/or document), the student may petition for comprehensive examinations, which will be both written and oral. When these are successfully completed, the student is admitted to Candidacy for the degree. For further information, see “Comprehensive Examination and Admission to Candidacy” section. The presentation of the final recital or composition will take place after admission to Candidacy. The completion of the abstract and the doctoral document and its defense will complete requirements for the degree.

 

Doctor of Philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy

To qualify for the doctoral degree, it is the student’s responsibility to meet the following requirements: 

  1. Complete a program of study and research that includes at least 90 semester credit hours. The Program of Studies should be filed in the Office of Graduate Studies with at least half of the program of courses remaining to be taken for the student’s doctoral program and must be approved by the student’s Supervisory Committee.
  2. Pass a written comprehensive examination, in the major and minor fields of study.
  3. Prepare and submit an approved dissertation to the University.
  4. Pass a Final Examination, which typically involves the defense of the dissertation.
  5. Complete all work for the doctoral degree within eight years from the date of filing the Program of Studies in the Office of Graduate Studies.

    Refer to Doctoral Degree Requirements.