GKSOM Doctoral Handbook

The information in this handbook and other University catalogs, publications, or announcements is subject to change without notice. University offices can provide current information about possible changes.

This handbook is effective August 2017. Its text may not reflect the most recent revisions made to programs during the current academic year. Students should always check with the office of the Associate Director of the Glenn Korff School of Music for up-to-date changes that have been mandated by the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts or UNL's Office of Graduate Studies or which have been approved by the Graduate Committee of the Glenn Korff School of Music.

This handbook presents information on degree options, academic requirements, policies, and regulations governing the doctoral degrees offered by the Glenn Korff School of Music in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. We are governed in these matters by our College and its Dean, by the university's system-wide Graduate College and its Dean (represented on our campus by the UNL Office of Graduate Studies and its Dean), and by our national accrediting agency, the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

For further information and a larger university-wide context, please refer to the Graduate Studies Bulletin, available on the UNL Office of Graduate Studies website:
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Table of Contents

Diagnostic Survey
Supervisory Committee
Course Requirements (DMA and Ph.D.)
Independent Study Registration
Academic Planning (DMA): Program of Studies and Model Plans
Grade Requirements
Probation or Termination
Student Evaluation of Courses & Faculty
Academic Dishonesty
Transfer of Credit
Performance Juries, Degree Recitals, & Recital Procedures
Ear Training & Piano Proficiencies
Comprehensive Examination
Document or Final Composition
Document and Dissertation Defense
Time Limit
Music Entrepreneurship Graduate Certificate
Graduate Solo Competition
Student Service Organizations
Doctoral Procedures "At a Glance"

A Note About the Use of our Facilities

When UNL cancels classes on short notice, and Westbrook Music Building and Kimball Hall are then closed (as, for example, when there is a weather emergency), then all Glenn Korff School of Music events (including applied lessons) are cancelled, all room reservations are cancelled, and all students without special key access must leave the building.

When special events in Westbrook Music Building require all classes in the building to be cancelled, or require full use of the building on a Saturday (as, for example, on Audition Days, Nebraska Music Education Association, Winter Winds, Bandmasters), then students will not be allowed to reserve rooms for their use on those days. Further, on those days, priority in the use of practice rooms must go to our guests, so students should not expect to be able to use a practice room, and if a music student is using a practice room that is needed for a guest, they must step out in favor of that guest if requested to do so.