Information on the doctoral regulations can be found at .

The licentiate degree is not mandatory if the goal is the doctor’s degree, but it can be useful in certain situations. The licentiate thesis is often an unpublished monograph. The doctoral student should discuss with their supervisors on whether he/she should do the licentiate thesis.

The candidate sees to the publication of the doctoral thesis, which can mean either

The doctoral student is obligated to document the achievements and the merits he/she reaches during the doctoral studies. All scientific activity is to be reported in the TUTKA-system. In addition, it is recommended to update one’s personal CV. Guides for making a CV can be found for example in the web pages of .


Master’s Theses and Doctoral Dissertations

The doctoral thesis is an original piece of research that should prepare the student for independent work in the R&D and Innovation sector.

The student will typically enroll for a minimum of 9 hours of MUS 6979r (Treatise) prior to graduation. In certain areas, a treatise professor (other than the major professor) may be selected to direct the treatise. In selecting a topic for the doctoral performance treatise, the candidate should work closely with the major professor to ensure that the subject can be adequately supervised by the treatise professor with resource assistance from the Supervisory Committee (Follow the format in the Guidelines for Thesis, Treatise and Dissertation Writers available from the Manuscript Clearance Advisor in 314 Westcott.). The title and signature pages of the Prospectus for the treatise must be signed by all members of the committee and filed in the Graduate Music Office.


Whereas the student takes one term to write a term paper and perhaps one year to write a master's thesis, the doctoral candidate may spend several years writing a doctoral thesis. These years must be highly productive and efficient in both research and writing; one must not procrastinate at all. The candidate who does not proceed efficiently may have difficulty completing the doctoral thesis before its statute of limitations runs out. All you really have to do is outlast your doctoral committee. The good news is that they are much older than you, so you can guess who will eventually expire first. The bad news is that they are more practiced at this game (after all, they persevered in the face of their doctoral committee, didn't they?).