First-Year Proficiency Review

The examining committee will formally review the student’s progress and proficiency at the end of the second semester of residence. The review will clarify the student’s progress up to that point and will establish whether the student will be encouraged to continue.

Teaching Portfolio Assessment

At the end of the fourth semester, students present two teaching portfolios to demonstrate knowledge of a substantial body of the history and theory of theatre, cinema, or performance, together with the related dramatic literature, films, or equivalent traces of performance. Portfolio materials are intended to demonstrate the student’s readiness to teach undergraduate courses.

Comprehensive Examinations: Area of Specialization

The specialization defines the area of scholarship to which the dissertation will make a significant contribution. This area is related to but more broadly conceived than the precise dissertation topic. In the research assessment and the oral examination, the student must show readiness to write academic articles as well as both general and specific knowledge of the chosen specialization. The assessment process is designed to prepare the student to complete the dissertation prospectus and begin work on a dissertation.

At the start of the fifth semester, students will show their readiness to write academic articles by presenting an article or essay suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed journal or anthology. Upon completion of this research assessment, students will show their generalized and specific knowledge of their chosen area of specialization in an oral examination. The committee will formulate questions based upon a reading list submitted during the previous semester.

The Dissertation Committee

Each student selects a PhD dissertation major professor and forms a dissertation committee at the time of formally proposing a prospectus, if not sooner. The dissertation committee and major professor are charged with approving or disapproving the proposal and aiding in the completion of an approved study.

The Dissertation Prospectus

In a meeting separate from the oral exam, the student presents the dissertation prospectus to the committee for review. This review meeting may take place before or after the comprehensive exams but not in direct connection with them. If the prospectus review is favorable, the student may begin work on the dissertation.

Admission to Candidacy

Candidacy is granted upon the completion of these steps:

  1. Completing 40 semester hours of coursework and directed study;
  2. Completing a formally approved program of study;
  3. Formally satisfying the foreign language requirement;
  4. Passing the portfolio assessment;
  5. Passing the comprehensive written and oral examination.


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Deadlines for Graduating Students

January 19, 2018
Final date for graduate students to submit an Application for graduation for May 2018.

January 19, 2018
Final date for submitting program of study forms to the Graduate School for graduation in May 2018. An approved Advisory Committee form for all doctoral Candidates must be on file by this date.

January 19, 2018
Final date for submitting applications for admission to candidacy to the Graduate School for doctoral candidates who plan to graduate in May 2018. If you were not admitted to candidacy prior to October 2, 2017 you must register for 10 hours Spring 2018.

March 5, 2018
Final date for submitting requests for transfer of credit, with accompanying transcripts, to the Graduate School for students graduating in May 2018.

March 16, 2018
Final date for doctoral students to submit  500 Internal Server Error

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April 2, 2018
Final date for submitting one complete copy of a thesis or dissertation for a format check for May 2018 graduation.

April 23, 2018
Final date for the receipt of the following by the Graduate School: Final Defense Approval Form & ETD Submission Approval Form and final corrected ETD for Spring 2018 graduation.

April 27, 2018
Final date for completing all requirements except submission of theses/dissertations (see earlier deadlines). The Graduate School must receive notification concerning removal of incompletes, final examinations, etc., for Spring 2018 graduation. (This does not include grades for courses in which students are currently enrolled.)

Friday, May 4, 2018—10:00 am
Graduation. Diplomas will be mailed approximately six to eight weeks after graduation. Address changes, if necessary, should be made with the Office of the Registrar to ensure receipt of diplomas.

May 28, 2018
Date the Graduate School will accept theses/dissertations for format checks for future graduations.