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Master of Arts in Theater

Master of Arts students prepare for careers in the professional theater and education, or for further pursuit of graduate study.  The MA degree program is a broad-based advanced study in the literature and critical analysis of theater, with the opportunity to focus in a specialization of the student’s choice.

OUTLINE OF REQUIREMENTS AND OBJECTIVES

Admission Requirements: A bachelor’s degree and strong academic record. No specific undergraduate degree requirements are needed, although a background in drama is obviously helpful.

Requirements for Degree:  The MA requires 30 hours for completion. The degree content includes 15 hours of course work, 6 hours of specialized focus, and 9 hours of master’s project or thesis writing.

All MA students must take the following courses:

THTR 425: Development of Theater I (3)

THTR 426: Development of Theater II (3)

THTR 427: American Drama (3) —or— THTR 429: Modern and Contemporary Drama (3)

THTR 501: Text Analysis (3)

THTR 509: Seminar: Performance Theory (3)

Then students may select from specific interest course tracks, such as:

  • Directing (taking THTR 430 and 431 [6 total])
  • Dramatic Writing (taking THTR 412 and 414, or 412 and 416 [6 total])
  • Theater Studies (two courses in Theater or in another department, selected by student with consent of their advisor and the approval of the Theater graduate program, for 6 total)

Finally students must take 9 hours of THTR 644 (master’s project/thesis).  The project or thesis must be agreed upon with the student’s advisor and have the approval of the department.

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