A copy of the dissertation/essay/thesis must be given to the committee at least one month prior to the scheduled defense. (This copy is to be used for the defense; any further revisions should be made following the defense.) It is important to schedule the defense at least two weeks prior to the final deposit date to allow for any substantial changes that may be necessary.
In many cases it is advisable to consult with committee members during the actual preparation of the dissertation/essay/thesis. This avoids potential problems that could occur at the time of the defense itself. Co-advisers are certainly possible, and indeed necessary in many situations.
Performance majors should not include recital programs with the essay.
For Master's degrees with thesis, not more than 9 semester hours of credit for thesis research and writing shall be counted in satisfying the 30-hour minimum requirement. One copy of the thesis in its completed form is to be presented to the Graduate College for approval not later than four weeks before the date on which the degree is to be conferred. Consult the calendar of dates from the School of Music. After approval by the Graduate College and the thesis committee, a formal copy must be deposited with the Graduate College not later than ten days before graduation.
For doctoral students one copy of the completed document must be presented to the Graduate College for approval before the final examination (defense), and not later than four weeks before the date on which the degree is to be conferred. Two copies of the approved document must be deposited with the Graduate College at least ten days prior to the graduation date. The final deposit can be no later than the end of the semester (summers excluded) following the session in which the final examination is passed; failure to meet this deadline will require re-examination of the student.