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School of Theatre & Dance
M.F.A. in Theatre Arts
Arts Administration

Arts Administration Track

The Arts Administration track trains leaders and advocates in the field of theatre management/arts administration and includes a blend of theory and practice. We are unique, however, in that we encourage students to cross boundaries and engage in activities such as acting, stage-managing, directing, or dramaturgy.

What Sets Us Apart

Students participate in the marketing and promotion of the School's productions. Box office management, front-of-house supervision, producing the new works festival, and membership in the School's marketing team are just some examples of the hands-on experiences available to arts administration students.

Four internships are required. Recent placements include: Theatre Communication Group, Lincoln Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Shakespeare Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, The Getty Museum, The Tennessee Williams Institute, The Eugene O'Neill, The Kennedy Center, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Hands-on Experience

Four Internships are Required

Program Highlights

The program is individualized to the student's talents and interests, and an outside internship and several practicums are required for the M.F.A. The School of Theatre and Dance is dedicated equally to scholarship and theatrical production. M.F.A. students complete a thesis project which may be based on traditional research, internships, professional or community problems.

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MFA Theatre Arts

Apply through the Texas Tech Graduate School Application Portal

  • Provide transcripts from all previous college-level study
  • Provide all required supplemental items:
    • 3 letters of recommendation, preferably from sources in theatre or dance
    • CV/Resume
    • Payment of required application fee
    • Scholarly writing sample (minimum of 750 words), preferably on a theatre or dance topic
  • Statement of Purpose
    • Elaborate on your academic, artistic, and/or professional interests and goals specific to the program of study you wish to pursue
    • Briefly describe the aspects of your background relevant to your interest. This could include your undergraduate studies, previous graduate study, and/or professional work.


  • Sample of Artistic Work: Please provide material(s) or further information related to projects you have created or developed in an administrative role. Upon review of application, applicant may be asked to attend a live interview with faculty. 

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Required Courses - 51 hours

THA 5307 Performance Lab I
THA 5308 Performance Lab II
THA 5312 Theatre Management
THA 5316 Marketing the Arts
THA 5317 Funding the Arts
THA 5318 Advocacy for the Arts
THA 5320 Theatre Planning
THA 5323 Theatrical Collaborations
THA 5350 Seminar in Theatre Research Methods
THA 5351 Mentoring Community Outreach in the Arts
THA 5335 Arts Administration Graphics orTHA 5311 Advanced Directing
THA 6001 Internship (Management) (3 hours)
THA 6001 Internship (Marketing) (3 hours)
THA 6001 Internship (Funding) (3 hours)VPA 5300 The Arts in Prague can substitute for 3 hours of internship credit
THA 6001 Internship (6 hours)
THA 7000 Research (Thesis Project) (3 hours)

Electives - 9 hours

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

Online Catalog Information

Alumni Success & Careers

Career Possibilities

Graduates of the Arts Administration program serve in leadership roles with arts organizations around the country.

Abbie Bugh


Contact your Advisor

With questions concerning graduate admissions and portfolio reviews.

Abigail Wright
Graduate Admissions Coordinator