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Ph.D. in Music Education Degree Requirements

Research Skills

Doctoral students in music education and music therapy at KU must demonstrate research skills by completing 3 research projects suitable for publication. These may be developed and completed independently or in consultation with appropriate doctoral faculty members. There must be a project of each of the following types: descriptive, experimental, and historical (including the history and logic of ideas). The descriptive and experimental research articles should be presented in APA style. The historical research article may be presented in Turabian, MLA, or APA style.

Each completed project is reviewed by the student’s doctoral committee, which rules in the majority whether the project is of sufficient quality for publication in a national, refereed research journal in music education or music therapy. Single-author studies that have been published or accepted for publication in such journals may be used to demonstrate these skills.

Completion of each of the 3 research projects must be certified by the student’s mentor/adviser in music education or music therapy on the Doctoral Check sheet in the student’s file in the MEMT office. The mentor/adviser must submit an appropriate MEMT Do-All form after the completion of each project.

Responsible scholarship requirements are met by satisfactory completion of courses MEMT 812 Research in Music Education and Music Therapy and MEMT 920 Doctoral Seminar in Music Education and Music Therapy.

Preliminary and Comprehensive Examinations

The student must pass a series of examinations, culminating with the comprehensive oral examination.

The music education/music therapy Ph.D. handbook, available in the MEMT office, includes information about patterns of course work, the Ph.D. minor, examinations, and the dissertation.

Plan of Study

Course requirements for the doctoral degree are flexible. The Ph.D. program requires a minor. Each student’s program is planned specifically in light of his or her background and to meet the needs of the anticipated academic and professional career. However, each student is expected to achieve a broad understanding of human musical behavior and to become skilled in research. Professional competence, not hours of credit per se, is the underlying requisite for conferring the degree.

The student works with her or his faculty adviser to complete a Program Planning Form. The adviser submits the completed program plan with the MEMT Do-All form.

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