The graduate program trains students to develop original scholarship of their own by providing them a strong disciplinary base and also encouraging creative approaches.
The following guidelines pertain to graduate work in Composition, Musicology, Ethnomusicology, and Performance Practice in the Duke University Department of Music. They are not intended to serve as a substitute for the Bulletin of the Graduate School, to which students should refer for further information about Graduate School procedures and requirements.
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|Diagnostic Examination||The Diagnostic Examination is administered to all entering students once a year during exam week at the end of the fall semester. This exam is intended to ascertain the entering student’s level of musicianship skills, and identify areas in need of practice. This information helps the faculty to prepare students adequately for careers in teaching and research.|
|Foreign Language Requirement||All doctoral students must demonstrate reading knowledge in one or more foreign languages.|
The Qualifying Examination is normally taken at the beginning of the second semester of the second year for all students in Composition. For Musicology, the Qualifying Examination is divided into two parts, with Part 1 taken at the end of semester four and Part 2 at the beginning of semester five. For Ethnomusicology doctoral candidates, the mini-portfolio is submitted at the end of the first year of study. You must pass the qualifying examination in order to continue study in the doctoral program.
|Preliminary Examination||The Preliminary Exam may include written and oral exams, a portfolio of compositions or a dissertation prospectus, depending on your doctoral program.|
|Dissertation & Final Examination||Your dissertation is the culmination of your doctoral work and will represent an original contribution to your field. The final exam may include an oral presentation focused on your dissertation work.|
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