Texas Tech University

Degree Plans

Master's Program

The student should consult with his or her advisor in order to determine the coursework for the degree plan no later than the end of the first year of work toward the master's degree. The student should then consult with the Associate Director for Graduate Studies, who will prepare and submit a "Program for the Master's Degree and Admission to Candidacy." After the Graduate Dean approves the program, the student should follow it in subsequent enrollments. Any changes to the program must be approved by the Associate Director for Graduate Studies and submitted to the Graduate Dean on the appropriate form (available from the Associate Director). Delay in submission of the program may result in delay of graduation. A sample Program form is located in the Forms section of this handbook.

Doctoral Program

The student's degree plan is to be worked out with the Advisory Committee chair and then submitted to the Associate Director for Graduate Studies (who will submit it to the Graduate School) by the end of the first year of graduate work. The form entitled "Program for the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree" provides for submission of proposed courses in the major and core areas, specification of tool and leveling requirements, the plan for meeting the resident year requirement, and the names of committee members.

Advisors and students need to be especially alert in monitoring the submission of the program for doctoral study to ensure that it is done early in the student's program of work. Delaying submission of this document beyond the end of the first year may cause unexpected problems. No student may stand for the qualifying examinations until the Graduate School has approved this program of study.

Ph.D. Program

The student's degree plan is prepared and approved by the Advisory Committee chair and then submitted to the Associate Director for Graduate Studies for submission to the Graduate School. This is to be done by the end of the first year of graduate work. The form entitled "Program for the Doctoral Degree" provides for submission of proposed courses in the major and core areas, specification of tool requirements, plan for meeting the resident year requirement, and the names of committee members. A sample form is located in the Forms section of his handbook.

Advisors and students need to be especially alert in monitoring the submission of the program for doctoral study to ensure that it is done early in the student's program of work. Delaying submission of this document beyond the end of the first year may cause unexpected problems. No student may stand for the qualifying examinations until the Graduate School has approved this program of study. Substitutions may be made in the degree plan due to frequency of course offering, scheduling considerations, and the interest of the student.

 

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