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Music Performance and Conducting Timeline

Actual time to complete varies by discipline and departmental requirements.



Six months prior to your pre-defense, verify that your committee has been approved by reviewing your unofficial transcript on Wolverine Access. Review the Abstract Format Guidelines.



At least three weeks before the defense, Register for the required pre-defense meeting (remote option) with Rackham.



At least 10 working days prior to your oral defense, complete the pre-defense meeting with Rackham, in person or remotely.



At least 10 working days prior to the oral defense, distribute the abstract to committee members.



Three days prior to the oral defense, view Wolverine Access to confirm that dissertation evaluations have been received from all committee members. Follow up with committee members as needed.



Before your oral defense, you will receive an email that your Oral Report form is ready to print. Print the form and bring to your oral defense.



Oral Defense



Verify with your chair or co-chair that they have submitted the Final Oral Exam report to Rackham.



Complete any changes, corrections, or revisions to your abstract as required by your chair or co-chair.



Verify with your chair or co-chair that they have submitted the Certificate of Dissertation Committee Approval to Rackham.



Arrange for your post-defense meeting with Rackham by sending an email with the subject “DMA post-defense” to Include the following: your name, student ID number, the name of your program, and PDF copies of each of your performance or recital programs. Be mindful of the doctoral deadlines.



Complete the online submission of your final abstract as both a PDF and text file. Revisions and resubmission may be required. Follow up with any additional outstanding requirements. All requirements must be submitted and approved by Rackham no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern time, on the deadline day.



Doctoral degree completed.



Students are encouraged to submit the final digital copy of their abstract to ProQuest. Abstracts submitted to ProQuest are listed with the Library of Congress collections and are published in Dissertation Abstracts International.



Doctoral degree conferred.

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