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Dissertation/Essay/Thesis

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 Graduate College’s deposit date to allow for any substantial changes that may be necessary.  

Please note that School of Music deadlines may differ from some of the Graduate College deadlines and if so then the School of Music deadlines take precedent.  

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.

Once the defense has been passed, the thesis must be complete and in final form before it is submitted to the Graduate College. See this link for the Graduate College’s formatting requirements:  https://www.grad.uiowa.edu/theses-and-dissertations.  Be aware of the Graduate College’s thesis deadline for each semester:  https://www.grad.uiowa.edu/deadlines.

Note: the thesis deposit in spring semester is moved earlier to allow the Graduate College to handle the larger number of theses deposited in those semesters.

Degree- and Discipline-specific Information:

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.

For doctoral students, the 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.

General Information & Process

1)      Students complete their Plans of Study at time of final/comp exams.

2)      Request & Report forms are located at: https://www.grad.uiowa.edu/content/publications-and-forms-for-students then choose Request/Report of Final Examination: Advanced Degree.

3)      If forms are completed on-line it will populate both forms.  

4)      Only approved sub-track is the Theory Minor.

5)      Exam date, time and location must be included before form can be filed.

6)      Two hours are allowed for the defense. Suggestion – when reserving the room try to reserve for 30 mins prior (prep time) and after defense (for committee discussion).

7)      Most students use the conference room 1400C VOX for location.  For this request email Laura Goddard

8)      Name and Rank: use full faculty names and title/rank.

9)      Program is Music unless you have an outside member then use that department name.

10)   Do not print back to back – unclick the 2-sided option before printing.

11)   Both the Request & Report forms must be completed and turned into the Academic Office.

12)   Request form will be forwarded to the Grad College after SOM approval.

13)   Report form – the Chair is responsible for picking it up from the Academic Office prior to the defense unless stated in writing that student may pick up.  Report must be signed at defense and turned into the Academic Office within 24 hours of defense.  Report will be forwarded to Grad College.

14)   Certificate of Approval is the student’s responsibility to include with the thesis by the deadline.  If revisions are required then the best course of action is at the time of defense that all faculty sign EXCEPT the Chair.  Once all revisions are complete and approved then the Chair signs the Certificate.