Ph.D./D.M.A. Degree Curriculum

Students of superior musical competence may pursue a Ph.D. program with emphasis in Compos

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Core Curriculum - ALL graduate students are required to take: GLOBALS_index_top

  • Music 201 (Projects in New Music Performance) as outlined
  • Music 210 (Musical Analysis) - Composition students must take two times
  • Music 228 (Conducting) optional for Integrative Studies students
  • Music 229 (Orchestration) - Composition students only
  • Music 291 (Problems and Methods of Music Research and Performance). Composition students may substitute music 271 (Electronic Music Techniques).

Students who complete Music 210, 228, 229 and 291 during their Master's degree program at UCSD do not need to retake those courses for their doctoral curriculum. To assure that all requirements are being adequately met, all graduate students must make an appointment with the graduate staff adviser for a degree check no later than the Winter Quarter of the second year.

Ph.D./D.M.A. Degree Curriculum GLOBALS_index_top

Students of superior musical competence may pursue a Ph.D. program with emphasis in Composition, Computer Music or Integrative Studies, or a Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) degree in Contemporary Music Performance. Normative time for completion of the doctoral degree is four years.

All doctoral students within the Music Department must complete the Core Graduate Curriculum (outlined in the section preceding the Master's Degree Program) plus the following additional requirements for the Ph.D. or D.M.A. program:

  • Successful completion of an M.A. degree, including requirements equivalent to those described above for the M.A. in Music. UCSD M.A. students who apply to the Ph.D./D.M.A. program must complete all departmental requirements, obtain OGS approval, and file the M.A. degree at the University Central Library before enrolling in any Ph.D./D.M.A. level courses.
  • The Department of Music strongly recommends that entering students have acquired a reading ability in at least one of the standard reference foreign languages (French, German, Italian, or Spanish) in addition to their native language.
  • All Ph.D./D.M.A. students are required to complete six units of credit in Music 500 (Apprentice Teaching) unless the student has completed this requirement in UCSD's Master's degree program.
  • First time TA's should enroll in 4 units of MUS 501 (Apprentice Teaching), offered in Fall quarter only.
  • After completing the qualifying examination, all students must remain in residence for at least three quarters, during which time, they must enroll in twelve-units of Music 299 (Advanced Research Projects & Independent Study) with their committee chair or members every quarter.

Ph.D./D.M.A. Course Requirements GLOBALS_index_top

In addition to the Core Curriculum and Ph.D./D.M.A. core requirements, doctoral students (according to their area of emphasis) must complete the following PRIOR to the qualifying examination:

Composition GLOBALS_index_top

  • Music 201 (A, B, C, D, E or F) - Must take at least two times
  • Music 203ABC - Successful completion of the jury process is necessary to get a passing grade in the corresponding seminar. Continuing students from the UCSD Composition M.A. program may be excused from Music 203BC by successfully completing Music 203A at the Ph.D. level
  • Music 203D - After successful completion of 203C, students must enroll in Music 203D (with their committee chair) every quarter in residence
  • Music 204 - Every quarter in residence
  • Music 206, 207 and/or 209 - A combination of any six courses
  • Music 271 A and B - must take both courses
  • Music 298 - Must complete at least six units (preparation for qualifying examination)

Computer Music GLOBALS_index_top

  • Music 201 (A, B, C, D, E or F)-must take at least two times
  • Music 270A-B-C. Ph.D. students who have already completed 270ABC as part of their M.A. may substitute 12 units taken from Music 206, 207, 209, and/or 267 (or 208 A, B oro C by petition)
  • Music 270D - after successful completion of 270C, students must enroll in Music 270D (with their committee chair) every quarter in residence
  • Music 206, 207, 209, and/or 267, (or 208 A, B or C by petition) - a combination of any six courses
  • Music 298 - at least six units (preparation for qualifying examination)

Integrative Studies GLOBALS_index_top

  • Music 201 (A, B, C, D, E or F) - Must take at least two times
  • Music 205 - Every quarter until advanced to candidacy
  • Music 206 or 207 - At least five courses with three approved for a student's primary specialty and two approved for his/her secondary specialty
  • Music 211, 212, 213 and 214 - Entire series must be taken within the first year of the program unless previously taken as a UCSD M.A. student
  • Music 251, 252, 253 or 254 - Must take two courses, one to correspond with student's primary specialty and one to correspond with the student's secondary specialty. Additional courses from this series may also be taken for corresponding 206 or 207 credit if approved by the student's faculty advisor
  • Music 298 - Must complete at least six units (preparation for qualifying examination)

Performance GLOBALS_index_top

  • Music 201 (A, B, C, D, E or F) - Every quarter until completion of qualifying examination
  • Music 206/207/209 (or 208 A, B, or C by petition) - As approved by D.M.A. adviser, students must take at least six seminars related to the primary and secondary area of specialization. Music 296 may be substituted for up to four seminars with permission of D.M.A. adviser
  • Music 232 - Every quarter until completion of qualifying examination
  • Music 245 - Every quarter in residence (approval pending)
  • Music 250 - Must be taken at least three times
  • Music 298 - Must complete at least six units (preparation for qualifying examination)

Ph.D./D.M.A. Qualifying Examination & Advancement to Candidacy GLOBALS_index_top

Requirements PRIOR to taking the qualifying examination:

  • Completion of all Ph.D./D.M.A. required course work.
  • Formation of the Doctoral Committee. Students must choose the chair of their doctoral committee no later than their last quarter of coursework. They must choose two more internal members of the doctoral committee by the end of the fall quarter of their third year. In consultation with the chair of the doctoral committee, two faculty members from outside the department should be added to the committee by the end of the spring quarter of the third year. All internal members of the committee must be faculty of the Music Department. The final composition of the committee is approved by the Office of Graduate Studies.
  • For Ph.D. students, one research paper judged to be of publishable quality must be completed prior to qualifying examinations. The subject of the publishable paper will be developed during the student's first two years and must be approved by the student's Ph.D. committee chair.
  • For Composition students, in addition to the publishable paper, a folio of not fewer than three compositions (not previously accepted for an M.A. degree) must be completed prior to qualifying examinations.
  • For D.M.A. students, one major recital plus either (a) an abstract of the thesis or research project will be given to the Doctoral Committee at the qualifying examination; or (b) a substantial portion of the works from the student's first two major recitals will be presented at the qualifying examination.
  • For Integrative Studies students, a dissertation prospectus must be submitted to the student's committee no later than three weeks prior to the oral portion of the qualifying examination. The dissertation prospectus is a document that presents the research topic of the dissertation, places it in the context of the relevant literature or in the context of recent artistic developments, discusses its significance, specifies and justifies the research methods, theoretical orientation, and/or artistic approach, and indicates the anticipated steps leading to completion.

The qualifying examination for ALL doctoral students consists of the following:
A written and oral defense of three questions provided by the Doctoral Committee pertaining to appropriate areas of specialization. For Integrative Studies students, one question will involve a defense of the student's dissertation prospectus and the remaining two questions will pertain to the student's primary and secondary specialties.

Successful completion of the qualifying exam marks the student's advancement to doctoral candidacy, which must take place no later than the end of the spring quarter of the fourth year.

Ph.D./D.M.A. Completion Requirements GLOBALS_index_top

  • For Composition students, completion of a major composition project.
  • For Computer Music students, completion of an acceptable dissertation.
  • For Integrative Studies students with a primary specialty in ethnomusicology, systems inquiry, or critical studies, completion of a book-length dissertation demonstrating original research and critical insight. For Integrative Studies students with a primary specialty in creative practice, a major creative work and a written defense of that work. Prior to the dissertation defense the student's work must be reviewed by a faculty jury and performed publicly (see the description of the jury process given above for more details).
  • For D.M.A. students, completion of a second major recital; plus one of the following: (a) thesis or research project; (b) a concert that is innovative in design and/or content and which is supported by a document containing extensive stylistic or analytical discussion of the program; (c) a lecture/concert pertaining to innovative and/or original material, with appropriate documentation as determined by the committee; or (d) two approved chamber music concerts, with appropriate documentation as determined by the committee.
  • For ALL doctoral students, a final public defense of the composition/dissertation/recitals.
  • A full copy of the student's dissertation/research project must be in the hands of each of the student's doctoral committee members four weeks before the dissertation defense.
  • It is understood that the edition of the dissertation given to committee members will not be the final form, and that the committee members may suggest changes in the text at the defense. Revisions may be indicated, and in extreme cases may require this examination to be taken more than once.
  • Acceptance of the dissertation by the university librarian represents the final step in completion of all requirements for the Ph.D.

Materials previously submitted for other degrees are not acceptable for submission for the Ph.D./D.M.A. degree.

Time Limit Policy for the Doctoral Degree GLOBALS_index_top

Normative (Pre-Candidacy) Time Limits

The registered time by which a student must advance to Ph.D./D.M.A. candidacy is:

4 years: Students entering the Ph.D./D.M.A. program with a master's degree from another institution.

6 years: Students continuing into the Ph.D./D.M.A. program with a master's degree from UCSD. Time limit is calculated from the beginning of the M.A. program (i.e., 2 years for M.A. program plus 4 years for Ph.D./D.M.A.).

Students who have not advanced to candidacy within the pre-candidacy time limit will no longer be permitted to register for classes.

Support Time Limits

The registered time during which a doctoral student is eligible for support is:

6 years: Students entering the Ph.D./D.M.A. program with a master's degree from another institution.

7 years: Students continuing into the Ph.D./D.M.A. program with a master's degree from UCSD. Time limit is calculated from the beginning of the M.A. program.

Total Registered Time Limits

The registered time by which a student must complete all doctoral requirements is:

6 years: Students entering the Ph.D./D.M.A. program with a master's degree from another institution.

8 years: Students continuing into the Ph.D./D.M.A. program with a master's degree from UCSD. Time limit is calculated from the beginning of the M.A. program.

Students who have not completed all doctoral requirements within the maximum total registered time will no longer be permitted to register for classes.