The Master of Arts in Theatre Studies helps students to begin developing a broad, comparative grasp of the major methods, approaches and protocols currently used in both the study and practice of theatre and related art forms.  Special emphasis is placed on (1) an analytic understanding of specific episodes in the history of theatre and similar genres of enactment, (2) the ability to grasp the assumptions and practical protocols that are or have been influential in the creation of theatrical art, and (3) the capacity to examine and appreciate the way theatre influences and is influenced by the context in which it occurs.

By virtue of its broad regard for the way context and live performance interact, the M.A. helps to prepare students for leadership roles in community and regional arts organizations, especially when course work is complemented by a thesis about the arts in community.  Several states regard an M.A. in theatre to be a creditable enhancement of a teacher’s qualifications in grades K-12.  In addition, the focus on those assumptions and history that shape theatre studies and production  provide students with a strong transition to a Ph.D. program. 

Graduate Admission

To be admitted, a student ordinarily is expected to have a Graduate Record Examination score of at 148 (verbal), 144 (quantitative), and 4.5 (analytical writing). Students who took the GRE before the implementation of the analytical writing section (i.e., before October 2002) will be expected to have an analytical score of 600 or above.

How to Apply

To apply for Fall admission, please submit all application materials no later than: January 1 (to be considered for admission with financial support) or February 15 (for admission consideration without financial support.). The Department does not admit new students for the Spring or Summer terms.

Please visit the Department of Theatre for more information about graduate application materials required.

M.A. Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts in theatre is an academic degree, but students are expected to complete 6 hours in theatrical production. All M.A. students must write a thesis as the culmination of the degree.

To complete the M.A., the student must sustain a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher through 33 graduate credit hours.

Requirements for the M.A. in Theatre

A total of 33 hours is required.

Core Requirement (15)
THR 800Introduction to Graduate Study in Theatre3
In consultation with an advisor, students choose from among departmental courses in theatre history, dramatic literature, theory, and criticism6
Production - Select two courses in either directing or scenography:6
A. Directing
Play Directing
Problems and Techniques of Direction
Advanced Play Production
B. Scenography
Scenic Painting Techniques
Computer-Aided Design
Scenography and the Classic Script
Scenography and the Modern Script
Scenography and the Musical Theatre
Scenography and the Contemporary Script
Scenography and the Experimental Production
General Theatre Studies (15)
Select 15 hours of courses from graduate offerings in theatre history, dramatic literature, history and criticism: Of these 15 hours, up to 6 may be graduate courses from other areas such as film and media studies; child psychology; American studies; African and African-American studies; women, gender, and sexuality studies; developmental psychology; English; and pertinent offerings from language and culture programs.15
Completion of the Degree (3)
An oral examination structured around a thesis based on scholarly and/or creative research:
THR 899Master's Thesis3

All courses should be selected in consultation with the graduate advisor.