Jordan College of Fine Arts
School of Music

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, P/F."

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 faculty.

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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