PhD in Composition
- Composition 9558 (a full-year course) and 4 half courses in composition and related subjects
- 2 Directed Research Projects (DRP)
- Comprehensive Examination
- Dissertation Proposal Defense
- Portfolio/Recital Requirement (concurrent with Dissertation Proposal Defense)
- Dissertation and Oral Defense
Each PhD student will have a PhD Advisory Committee, which will be responsible for approving the student's course selection and comprehensive examination.
The dissertation proposal and dissertation itself will be written under the supervision of a dissertation supervisor and second reader.
For further details about PhD program requirements, please consult the Graduate Student Handbook.
Timeline for Progression
- The chart above shows that course requirements and comprehensive examinations should be completed in Year 1 and 2. Year 3 and 4 are devoted to the completion of an approved dissertation proposal and then the writing of the dissertation.
- The chart does not show the completion of language requirements, where applicable.
- The chart shows how the Directed Research Projects (DRP), whose goal is to prepare the dissertation proposal, must be undertaken during Year 1 and 2, while completing course requirements and the Comprehensive Examination.
- Note that the beginning and end dates of the DRPs are not rigid, though students are strongly advised to begin DRP1 in Term 3 and to aim to complete both DRPs early in Year 3 (if not sooner).