The PhD program gives students the opportunity to achieve a high level of scholarly competence and to develop the capacity to contribute to the field. It consists of a set of required foundational courses, a cohesive collection of courses and other educational experiences oriented to a particular aspect of the field, candidacy examination, a dissertation, and a final oral examination. Students have five years to complete the PhD requirements after passing the candidacy examination. The program is an 80 semester hour program, 30 hours of which may be transferred from a student’s master’s degree. The particular aspect of the field studied by PhD students is individualized and developed in consultation with a faculty advisor. It encompasses a reasonable breadth of study and knowledge of a specialty in the field. Students may specialize in Art Education, Cultural Policy and Arts Management or Museum Education and Administration. The program of study must be approved by the advisor and is subject to the rules of the Graduate Studies Committee and the Graduate School.
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Priority admissions deadline for funding consideration is November 30th.
If you want to be considered for a Graduate Teaching Associateship (GTA) or to be nominated to the University Fellowship Competition, your application must be complete (ALL application materials received including letters of reference and test scores) by November 30th. Since you are relying on your recommenders to submit their letters of recommendation by the deadline, you should submit your application well in advance and inform your recommenders of the deadline date. Submitting an application within days of the deadline does not allow enough time for your recommenders to submit their letters. Departmental funding decisions are typically made after the University Fellowship Competition in late February/early March. Late applications will be considered on a case by case basis.
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