Texas Tech University

Admission to Candidacy

Master's Program

The minimum interval between submission of the "Program for the Master's Degree and Admission to Candidacy" and graduation is four months. Admission to candidacy will be granted at such time as all of the following requirements have been met:

  • All conditions relating to admission to the program have been satisfied.
  • At least 9 semester hours of the graduate work required for the master's degree have been completed (exclusive of transfer and extension courses).
  • All required leveling work has been completed with a grade of C or better.
  • An average grade of B or higher has been maintained in all courses comprising the official program. This does not include leveling work.
  • Proficiency in a foreign language or tool subject required for the particular degree has been acceptably demonstrated. This requirement is for Vocal Performance majors and Musicology majors only).
  • Work to date is acceptable to the department concerned, as attested by its approval of the "Program for the Master's Degree and Admission to Candidacy."
  • The entire program conforms with the general requirements of the Graduate School and to the requirements of the particular degree.

A copy of the program form is available from either the Graduate School website or the School of Music's Associate Director for Graduate Studies.

Doctoral Program

Authority for admitting an applicant to candidacy for a doctoral degree is vested in the Graduate Council. Upon receipt of a recommendation from the Advisory Committee, the Graduate Dean will submit it to the Graduate Council for action. The Council may approve the committee's recommendation, or it may, after consultation with the committee, suggest additional requirements that the applicant must satisfy.

By written communication, the Graduate Dean will transmit the results of the Council's action to the applicant, to the chairperson of the advisory committee, and to the School of Music's Associate Director for Graduate Studies.

A student must be admitted to candidacy for the doctoral degree at least four months prior to the proposed graduation date. A student may not become a candidate for a degree and graduate in the same semester.

D.M.A. and Ph.D. Program

After successfully completing all the elements of the qualifying examination, the student may be admitted to candidacy for the degree. The achievement of candidacy indicates that the student has completed all the course work necessary for the degree, and has successfully completed the qualifying examination. Authority for admitting an applicant to candidacy for a doctoral degree is vested in the Graduate Council. Upon receipt of a recommendation from the Advisory Committee and the Associate Director of Graduate Studies, the Graduate Dean will submit it to the Graduate Council for action. The Council may approve the committee's recommendation, or it may, after consultation with the committee, suggest additional requirements that the applicant must satisfy.

By written communication, the Graduate Dean will transmit the results of the Council's action to the applicant, to the chairperson of the advisory committee, and to the Associate Director for Graduate Studies of the School of Music.

A student must be admitted to candidacy for the doctoral degree at least four months prior to the proposed graduation date.

 

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