Graduate Student Deadlines

Comprehensive Exams | Oral Exams | MM Thesis Deadlines | DMA Project Deadlines

Comprehensive Exams

Graduate comprehensive examinations are administered only once per fall and spring semester. Comps will be given on the Tuesday and Wednesday immediately preceding the first full day of fall break (mid-semester study break) and on the Tuesday and Wednesday preceding the first full day of spring break. Please check the UA Academic Calendar for dates of fall and spring breaks.

Fall 2021 Comps:  October 26 & 27, 2021

Spring 2022 Comps:  March 8 & 9, 2022

The comprehensive examination is a four-part test. Each of the four components lasts three hours and is scheduled as follows:

TUESDAY (Fall 2021, October 26; Spring 2022, March 8)

  • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm:  Part One
  • 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm:  Part Two

WEDNESDAY (Fall 2021, October 27; Spring 2022, March 9)

  • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm:  Part Three
  • 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm:  Part Four                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The location(s) for these exams will be announced no later than one week prior.

Oral Exams for MM Thesis Students (Theory/Composition/Musicology)

MM students who write a thesis will take the oral exam at the meeting for defense of the thesis. (See the following page for details.)

Oral Exams for MM Non-Thesis Students (Performance, Conducting, etc.)

MM students who do not write a thesis meet with the advisory committee for the Oral Examination, which serves as the culminating event at the School of Music. By this date, all coursework, recitals, and lecture/recitals must have been completed. Oral Exams are scheduled in November and in April.

  • Fall 2021:  November 15 – 19 (November 26 is the last day to report results.)
  • Spring 2022:  April 11 – 22 (April 27 is the last day to report results.)

Please check the Graduate School’s Student Deadlines calendar for other important dates.

MM Thesis Deadlines

Submission by the following deadlines DOES NOT guarantee graduation by the term indicated.

Earlier submissions are strongly encouraged, as a required rewrite of any component of the thesis project (proposal, first draft, or final version) may necessitate an extension into the following semester. Late submissions will not be considered for the graduation term indicated.

MM Thesis PROPOSAL:

Anticipated spring or summer graduation:  proposal due by November 01 of preceding fall semester

Anticipated fall graduation:  proposal due by April 01 of preceding spring semester

MM Thesis DRAFT FOR DEFENSE:

Anticipated spring graduation:  draft due February 15 of that same spring semester

Anticipated fall graduation:  draft due October 01 of that same fall semester

MM Thesis DEFENSE AND ORAL EXAM:         

Defense to be scheduled pending acceptance of the draft by the committee.

NOTE:  MM comps, recital, lecture, or lecture-recital, and thesis must be completed prior to the oral exam. Oral exams will be scheduled between November 14 – 19, in Fall 2021, and April 11 – 22, during Spring 2022.

Ex. 1 – MM anticipated Fall 2021 Graduation

  • MM thesis proposal due April 1, 2021
  • Submit online Application for Degree by August 25, 2021, via myBama/Student Tab
  • MM draft for defense due October 1, 2021
  • Recital, lecture or lecture-recital, defense, final project submission to Graduate School: all completed by and approved for upload by October 29, 2021

Ex. 2 – MM anticipated Spring 2022 graduation

  • MM thesis proposal due November 1, 2021
  • Submit online Application for Degree by January 19, 2022, via myBama/Student Tab
  • MM draft for defense due February 15, 2022
  • Recital, lecture or lecture-recital, defense, thesis submission to Graduate School:  all completed and approved for upload by March 11, 2022

*$61 option: Students who complete all requirements for the degree, including the defense and submission of the thesis, by the last day to turn in grades for any semester (December 14, 2021; May 10, 2022), may graduate in the following semester without registering for classes and paying tuition. Graduation fees and a fee for reapplying for graduation online usually total c. $61.

DMA Project Deadlines

Submission by the following deadlines DOES NOT guarantee graduation by the term indicated.

Earlier submissions are strongly encouraged, as a required rewrite of any component of the final project (proposal, first draft, or final version) may necessitate an extension into the following semester. Late submissions will not be considered for the graduation term indicated.

DMA Final Project Proposal:

  • Anticipated spring or summer graduation:  proposal due by October 01 of the preceding fall semester
  • Anticipated fall graduation: proposal due by February 15 of the preceding spring semester

DMA Final Project First Draft:

  • Anticipated spring graduation:  first draft due January 15 of that same spring semester
    • Anticipated spring $61 option:  first draft due February 15 of that same spring semester
  • Anticipated fall graduation:  first draft due September 01 of that same fall semester
    • Anticipated fall $61 option:  first draft due October 01 of that same fall semester

DMA final project draft for defense and oral exam:

At the first-draft meeting, the committee will set two dates:

  • Date by which the student must present the defense draft to the DGS for committee consideration
  • A tentative defense date, pending committee approval

NOTE:  DMA comps, recitals, lecture or lecture-recital, and project must be completed by the defense.

Defense dates will be set no later than three days prior to the last day to upload a defended thesis, document, or manuscript. These upload deadlines are set by the Graduate School. The consequent School of Music deadline for Fall 2021, is Wednesday, October 27; in Spring 2022, Wednesday, March 9. For the $61 option*, the last day to turn in semester grades in the fall is December 14; in the spring, it is May 10. Graduate school deadlines are available, usually one year in advance, on the Graduate School’s Student Deadlines calendar. Unfortunately, they often fail to take into account fall or spring break, and defenses must be scheduled earlier in some semesters than in others.

Ex. 1 DMA anticipated Fall 2021 graduation

  • DMA final project proposal due February 15, 2021
  • Submit online Application for Degree by August 25, 2021, via myBama/Student Tab
  • DMA first draft due September 01, 2021
  • Final recital, lecture or lecture-recital, defense, final project submission to Graduate School:                                                                                                                            all completed and approved for upload by October 29, 2021

Ex. 2 DMA anticipated Spring 2022 graduation

  • DMA final project proposal due by October 01, 2021
  • Submit online Application for Degree by January 19, 2022, via myBama/Student Tab
  • DMA first draft due by January 15, 2022
  • Final recital, lecture or lecture-recital, defense, final project submission to Graduate School:                                                                                                                       all completed by and approved for upload by March 11, 2022

*$61 option:  Students who complete all requirements for the degree, including the defense and submission of the final document or essay, by the last day to turn in grades for any semester (December 14, 2021; May 10, 2022) may graduate in the following semester without registering for classes and paying tuition. Graduation fees and a fee for reapplying for graduation online usually total c. $61. International students should know that OPT begins on the last day to turn in grades, not on the date of graduation for the following term. For example, if you turn in your document on May 10 to graduate in August, your OPT will begin on May 9.