Graduate Calendar 2021-2022





Fall 2021

  • August 16 (M)

    Mandatory New GTA Conference, Online via Zoom, 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM (all day)

  • August 17 (T)

    Piano Diagnostic Examination, 402 Murphy Hall (New Piano majors only), 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  • August 18 (W)

    Music History Diagnostic Examination, 8:00 – 2:00 PM, Online via Blackboard

  • August 19 (Th)

    The Music Theory Doctoral Diagnostic Examinations, 8:00 – 1:00 PM, Online via Blackboard More information at: https://music.ku.edu/grad-music-theory-diagnotic-exam-practice. If you wish to take the exams this semester and do not currently have access, please email musicgrad@ku.edu If you have questions about the

  • August 19 (Th)

    Graduate Student Fall Meeting & Orientation, Swarthout Recital Hall, 3:00 PM-4:30 PM, ALL Graduate Students expected to attend but mandatory for new graduate students.

  • August 20 (F)

    School of Music (SOM) New Student Welcome Orientation, Swarthout Recital Hall, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM, All new students welcome, primarily geared towards undergraduate students.

  • August 23 (M)

    FIRST DAY OF CLASSES, Late Enrollment Begins, $150 Fee

  • August 27 (F)

    LAST DAY to enroll online; Last day for 100% refund

  • September 6 (M)

    LABOR DAY, no classes

  • September 7 (T)

    Early Fall Graduation Deadline, Last day to meet all requirements for Fall 2021 graduation to avoid enrolling in Fall classes. You must have been enrolled in Spring or Summer 2021 to be eligible.

  • September 24-27

    Music Theory Doctoral Qualifying Examination. Pick up 9:00 AM, due back no later than 9:00 AM on Monday, September 27th no later than 5 PM (administered via Blackboard). If you have questions about the exam, please contact Dr. Murphy (smurphy@ku.edu). Contact musicgrad@ku.edu if you plan to complete this exam by September 20th.

  • October 9-12

    FALL BREAK (classes resume on Wednesday, Oct. 13)

  • October 22 (F)

    Music History Written Qualifying Examination, Music Library Seminar room, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM with a lunch break. Information in School of Music Doctoral Handbook. If you plan to take the Qualifying Exam in Music History, please email Dr. Laird (plaird@ku.edu) to notify him of this. It is essential that we have an accurate count of how many students intend to take the exam so we can provide accommodations with social distancing.

  • Nov 24-28

    THANKSGIVING BREAK (classes resume Monday, Nov. 29)

  • December 9 (Th)

    Last Day of Classes

  • December 10 (F)

    STOP DAY – No classes

  • December 13-17

    Final Examinations

  • December 17 (F)

    Fall Graduation Deadline, Last day to complete all degree requirements for fall graduation. This includes submission of ALL paperwork to School of Music graduate coordinator at musicgrad@ku.edu. No extensions will be granted.

  • December 17

    Last day to file Application for Graduation in Enroll & Pay for December graduation.

  • December 31

    Fall degrees awarded (formally conferred at May commencement)

  • January 24, 2022

    Fall degrees post to transcripts. Transcripts can be ordered online at: https://registrar.ku.edu/transcripts.

  • February 28, 2022

    Fall diplomas are made available through the Registrar’s Office (more info at: https://registrar.ku.edu/diplomas)




Spring 2022

  • *January 10 (M)

    Mandatory New GTA Conference, Budig Hall, 8:00 AM – for GTAs beginning in the Spring

  • January 13 (Th)

    The Music Theory Doctoral Diagnostic Examinations, 8:00 – 1:00 PM, Online via Blackboard More information at: https://music.ku.edu/grad-music-theory-diagnotic-exam-practice. If you wish to take the exams this semester and do not currently have access, please email musicgrad@ku.edu If you have questions about the exams, please contact Dr. Ingrid Stölzel (istolzel@ku.edu).

  • January 14 (F)

    Music History Diagnostic Examinations, online via Blackboard, 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

  • January 17 (M)

    MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY – No Classes

  • January 18 (T)

    FIRST DAY OF CLASSES, $150 Late Enrollment fee begins

  • February 1 (T)

    Early Spring Graduation Deadline, Last day to meet all requirements for May graduation to avoid enrolling in Spring 2022 classes. You must have been enrolled in the Fall semester.

  • March 1 (T)

    Last day to submit online Application for Graduation to be listed in commencement program and Doctoral Hooding Ceremony programs

  • February 18-21

    Music Theory Doctoral Qualifying Examination, Pick up 9:00 AM on Feb. 18th, due back no later than 9:00 AM on Monday, Feb. 21st (administered via Blackboard). If you have questions about the exam, please contact Dr. Murphy (smurphy@ku.edu). Contact musicgrad@ku.edu by Feb. 14th if you plan to complete this exam.

  • March 14-18

    SPRING BREAK (classes resume on Monday, March 21)

  • March 25 (F)

    Music History Doctoral Written Qualifying Examination, Music Library Seminar room, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM with a lunch break. If you plan to take the Qualifying Exam in Music History, please email Dr. Laird (plaird@ku.edu) to notify him of this. It is essential that we have an accurate count of how many students intend to take the exam so we can provide accommodations with social distancing.

  • May 5 (Th)

    Last Day of Classes

  • May 6 (F)

    STOP DAY – No classes

  • May 9-13

    Final examinations

  • May 13 (F)

    Spring Graduation Deadline, Last day for spring master’s and doctoral candidates to meet all degree requirements. This includes submission of ALL paperwork to the School of Music graduate coordinator at musicgrad@ku.edu. No extensions will be granted. Applicants will not be listed in the commencement program if they apply between April 15-May 13. Graduate Application for Graduation deadline – apply for graduation on Enroll & Pay

  • May 14*

    School of Music Graduation Convocation, 10:30 AM, Crafton-Preyer Theater, Murphy Hall KU Doctoral Hooding Ceremony – Only for those graduating in Class of 2022 (summer 2021, fall 2021, and spring 2022)

  • May 15*

    University of Kansas Commencement Ceremony

  • June 27

    Degrees post to transcripts. Transcripts can be ordered online at: https://registrar.ku.edu/transcripts.

  • July 30

    Spring diplomas are made available through the Registrar’s Office (more info at: https://registrar.ku.edu/diplomas)




Summer 2022

  • June 7 (T)

    First day of summer classes, Late Enrollment begins

  • June 14 (T)

    Early Summer Graduation Deadline, Last day to meet all requirements for summer graduation to avoid enrolling for summer classes. You must have been enrolled in the spring semester to be eligible.

  • July 3 (F)

    INDEPENDENCE DAY – No Classes

  • July 29 (F)

    Last day to file Application for Graduation in Enroll & Pay for summer graduation Summer Graduation Deadline, Last day for summer master’s and doctoral candidates to meet all degree requirements. This includes submission of ALL paperwork to the School of Music graduate coordinator at musicgrad@ku.edu. No extensions will be granted. Applicants will not be listed in the commencement program. Last day of classes

  • August 1

    Degrees awarded (formally conferred at May 2023 commencement)

  • August 24

    Degrees post to transcript. Transcripts can be ordered online at: https://registrar.ku.edu/transcripts.

  • September 8

    Summer diplomas are made available through the Registrar’s Office (more info at: https://registrar.ku.edu/diplomas)