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Master's Thesis

The master's thesis should represent independent work by the student, be conducted under the supervision of an advisory committee, and be written clearly and concisely in standard English (or another language when appropriate). As soon as the student's area for thesis research has been determined, the Graduate Dean will appoint an advisory committee upon recommendation of the major department. The committee must consist of at least two members of the graduate faculty, including one from the department granting the degree. All members of the committee must sign the Thesis/Dissertation Approval form printed by the student from this link. The student must earn a grade of B or better on thesis work to qualify for graduation.

A manual entitled Texas Tech University Graduate School Thesis-Dissertation Formatting Guidelines (revised June 2013) is available at this link. All manuscripts must conform to published policies. The final copy of the thesis must be submitted electronically in .PDF file format as an Electronic Thesis/Dissertation (ETD) to the University Library's server. Deadlines and more information on this process are available at this link. The Graduate Council mandates that students must provide their committee chairperson with a bound paper copy of the thesis unless a waiver form is submitted by the student and signed by the chairperson. The waiver form is available at this link. Paper copies may be required by the academic unit in which the student pursues the degree.

During the semester of graduation, the candidate will pay Student Business Services a Thesis/Dissertation Fee to cover the cost of electronically storing the official copy (ETD) of the thesis. This fee is only paid once. The Thesis/Dissertation Fee is posted to students' accounts by the Graduate School after Intent to Graduate forms have been processed for the graduating semester. Payment due dates are listed under the current semester's deadlines at the Graduate School web site, under the "Academic Progress" drop-down menu.

A thesis is required for programs in Music Composition, Music theory, Musicology, and the 30-hour Music Education curriculum. The thesis is expected to represent independent work by the student, conducted under the supervision of the committee, and to be written clearly and concisely in correct English (or whatever other language may be appropriate). All members of the committee must approve and sign the thesis.

The thesis committee of three members is constituted of the major professor and one other faculty member from the division of study, plus one faculty member from another academic area within the School of Music. Practice is that all three may be from the academic area, but may have no more than one person from another area.

For current instructions on submission of the thesis, please visit this link at the Graduate School web site.

Guidelines for a Master's Thesis Proposal in Music (other than Composition)

Master's students are encouraged to consider and select thesis projects as soon as their program allows. Before a project can be declared officially, it must first be proposed to and approved by all members of the student's advisory committee. After approval by the advisory committee, the proposal is to be submitted to the Graduate Studies Committee of the School of Music for approval. It must be available to the committee at least two weeks prior to a scheduled meeting. The student should prepare the proposal in close consultation with the major professor. In preparing the proposal, please include the following:

  • Heading and Personal Data
    A heading stating the student's name, the degree sought, the major area, and the chair of the advisory committee should identify the project proposal. Include also your e-mail address, Lubbock address and telephone number, and your permanent address and telephone number. List names of all members of the advisory committee and certify that all have approved this proposal.
  • Proposed Title
    The title should clearly and succinctly indicate the nature of the study.
  • Justification
    Explain the purpose of and the need for this study.
  • Review of Related Research
    Summarize previous research in the area. Indicate where your study fits in. Document your statements with definite citations.
  • Methodology and Materials
    State briefly the methods and steps to be followed. Specify the sources and materials necessary.
  • Preliminary Outline
    Give chapter titles and sub-headings. Then include a short statement regarding results or conclusions expected, if possible.
  • Bibliography
    Provide a bibliography of all pertinent sources.

Guidelines for a Master's Thesis Proposal in Music Composition

Composition majors are encouraged to consider and select thesis projects as soon as their program allows and as soon as their major professor is satisfied as to their readiness. The student should prepare the thesis proposal in close consultation with the major professor. It must then be approved by all members of the student's advisory committee. In preparing the proposal, please include the following:

  • Heading and Personal Data
    A heading stating the student's name, the degree sought, the major area, and the chair of the advisory committee should identify the project proposal. Also include your e-mail address, Lubbock address and telephone number, and your permanent address and telephone number. List names of all members of the advisory committee and certify that all have approved this proposal.
  • Proposed Title of Original Composition
  • Proposed Medium of Performance
  • Detailed Statement
    Please include a detailed statement regarding aesthetic and/or methodological approaches to be used in realizing the composition, materials (show examples), instrumentation, special features, etc.
  • Plans for Performing the Completed Work

 

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