Students should begin working on their dissertation proposals as soon as possible after completing the General Examination, in consultation with a potential advisor. Students normally complete a draft of their Dissertation Proposals during the fall semester of their third year, participating in the Academic Writing Seminar (Music 501), when offered. Readmission to the fourth year of study is contingent upon approval of the dissertation proposal.
In addition to the primary advisor, dissertations are also read and approved by a second reader, chosen in consultation with your primary advisor and the DGS. In special circumstances, outside readers may be brought in to provide expertise in areas not covered by the current musicology faculty. Students are encouraged to consult regularly with their advisors about their dissertations and other professional activities, such as conferences.
The FPO is a final exam in your field of study as well as a defense of the dissertation. It is scheduled after the completed dissertation is reviewed by two readers, and an application is made by the DGS.
The Musicology program provides funding (tuition and stipend) for all students in good standing. Students who have not finished their dissertation at the end of five years and who are making progress on the dissertation may apply for DCE (Dissertation Completion Enrollment) status for years six and seven as necessary. DCE students are charged modest-cost tuition that includes mandatory health insurance.
The following funding opportunities exist for DCE students:
- Students who receive an external fellowship may be able to eligible to bank a year of funding.
- Students entering DCE status who have made substantial progress on their dissertations are eligible to be nominated for an Honorific Fellowship.
- Students who have made substantial progress on their dissertations may be nominated by the Department for the new Sixth-Year Funding Program.
For further information, please see the Graduate Handbook.