Graduate Music Information, Policies and Procedures
VII. Final Oral Comprehensive Exam
Required of ALL degree plans
All students must pass a final comprehensive exam at the
conclusion of their course of study at Butler University. This
comprehensive exam is separate from the thesis defense. The exam
will be oral, and will cover the major components of the student's
coursework and, if applicable, the thesis or recital program.
In the final semester of study, the student should register for
AM 799 (performance and conducting students), ME 799 (music
education and piano pedagogy students), MH 799 (music history
students), or MT 799 (music theory and composition students). This
course registration will read "Final Comprehensive Exam, 0 credit,
The Director of Graduate Studies, in consultation with the
student's advisor and the chair of the School of Music, will assign
3 faculty members to serve on the student's examination committee.
The committee will typically include two members of the faculty
from the appropriate area plus a member of the musicology or theory
The length of the exam will be approximately 45-60 minutes. The
exam will typically be scheduled during the final 2 weeks of
classes or during the first few days of finals week. The student
will be informed immediately if he/she has passed.
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