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Theatre & Dance Graduate Degree Programs

For any additional questions regarding these programs, contact Linda Donahue, the graduate advisor.

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Master of Arts in Theatre Arts

The Master of Arts degree in Theatre Arts requires a minimum of 30 semester hours beyond the baccalaureate. Completion of the MA degree requires a thesis and a final examination.

Course Type Credit Hours
M.A. Core Courses 15 hours
Electives 15 hours
Master's Thesis (TH A 6000) 6 hours (minimum)
Total: 36 hours

MA in Theatre Arts Course Work (updated 11/2014)

Master of Fine Arts in Arts Administration

Other courses outside of Theatre Arts may be taken as approved by the Head of Arts Administration.

Course Type Credit Hours
Courses in Specialization 36 hours
Other Studies in Theatre 18 hours
Electives 6 hours
Total: 60 hours

MFA in Arts Administration Course Work (updated 11/2014)

Master of Fine Arts in Design

All MFA students in Design must take the Core Courses in Design. Each student focuses on Scenery, Lighting, or Costume, and takes the required and elective courses appropriate to that focus.

Course Type Credit Hours
Courses in Specialization 39 hours
Electives 21 hours
Total: 60 hours

MFA in Design Course Work (updated 11/2014)

Master of Fine Arts in Performance & Pedagogy, with a Written Thesis

All candidates for the MFA in Performance and Pedagogy must direct a production as designated by the faculty. For those who choose to write a thesis, either the directing experience or acting a major role may serve as the basis for the written thesis.

Course Type Credit Hours
Courses in Specialization 36 hours
Other Studies in Theatre 18 hours
Master's Thesis (THA 6000) 6 hours
Total: 60 hours

MFA in Performance & Pedagogy, with a Written Thesis Course Work (updated 11/2014)

Master of Fine Arts in Performance & Pedagogy, with a Thesis Project

All candidates for the MFA in Performance and Pedagogy must direct a production, as designated by the faculty. For those who choose to complete a thesis project without writing a thesis, either the directing experience or acting a major role may serve as the basis for the thesis project.

Course Type Credit Hours
Courses in Specialization 39 hours
Other Studies in Theatre 21 hours
Total: 60 hours

MFA in Performance & Pedagogy, with a Thesis Project Course Work (updated 11/2014)

Master of Fine Arts in Playwriting

Course Type Credit Hours
Courses in Specialization 39 hours
Electives 15 hours
Master's Thesis (THA 6000)  6 hours
Total: 60 hours

MFA in Playwriting (updated 11/2014)

Multidisciplinary PhD

The department participates with the faculties in art, music, and philosophy in a multidisciplinary program leading to the PhD degree in Fine Arts. Doctoral students whose major area is theatre choose two of five specializations: Acting/Directing, Arts Administration, Design, History/Theory/Criticism, Playwriting. Work towards the degree is both scholarly and practical, requires a minimum of 60 hours of coursework at the graduate level beyond the master's degree, includes a rigorous comprehensive examination, and culminates in a dissertation requirement that allows a choice of several avenues of research.

PhD in Fine Arts (Theatre) Course Work