GKSOM Masters 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 2022, including the text in green. Text in blue effective August 2023. Text in red are links. This handbook presents information on degree options, academic requirements, policies, and regulations governing the doctoral degrees offered by the Glenn Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Its text may not reflect the most recent revisions made to programs during the current academic year. Students should always check with the Associate Director of the Glenn Korff School of Music for up-to-date changes that have been mandated by UNL's Office of Graduate Studies or which have been approved by the Graduate Committee of the Glenn Korff School of Music.

We are governed in graduate matters by the university's system-wide NU Graduate College and its Dean---NU Executive Vice President and Provost and Dean of the Graduate College, Dr. Dele Davies. The NU Graduate College is represented on our campus by an individual, Dr. Tim Carr, who is UNL's Associate Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Graduate Education. He oversees the UNL Office of Graduate Studies (1100 Seaton Hall). We are also directed in matters of graduate education by our national accrediting agency, the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

The website for the Office of Graduate Studies in Seaton Hall on UNL's City Campus is


For further information and a larger university-wide context, please refer to the Graduate Catalog, (previously known as the Graduate Bulletin), available on the web at:


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Diagnostic Survey
Areas of Emphasis & Options
Academic Planning/The Memorandum
MM Degree Checksheets
Ensemble Participation
Chamber Music
Convocation Attendance
Independent Study/Special Topics Registration
Grade & Time Requirements
Student Evals of Courses & Faculty
Academic Dishonesty
Residency Requirement
Transfer of Credit
Juries & Recitals
Thesis & Original Composition
Comprehensive Exams
Probation or Termination
Student Organizations
UNL Graduate Solo Competition
Graduate Certificates
MM Forms

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.