The Master of Arts degree in Theatre offers a course of study including theatre history, dramatic literature, and theory. Designed to cultivate original research and academic writing, this pre-doctoral degree will prepare students for PhD programs in theatre history, theatre theory and criticism, performance studies, and related disciplines.
The Master of Fine Arts degree in Directing is intended for the artist-scholar who plans to direct professionally, work as an artistic director, and/or pursue a career in university theatre education. Admission to the program is highly competitive. Students should have a solid background in dramatic literature and theatre history as well as practical experience in directing, play analysis, visual composition, and design collaboration. MFA students have numerous opportunities to direct during the three year program, practicing their craft in a diversity of styles, genres, and spaces. The program culminates in an MFA thesis production.
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The MA degree in Theatre Studies is a 31 hour pre-doctoral program. MA students must pass a thesis proposal process to qualify for the second year of study. Completion of the degree requires successful defense of a written thesis on a topic of theatre history, dramatic literature, and/or theatre theory.
The MFA degree in Directing is a 61 credit hour professional training program All students in the program must pass a "qualifying production" in the summer following the first year of study and a written comprehensive exam at the end of the second year. In the third year, students present a final directing project as part of the Baylor Theatre mainstage season. Following the production, students complete a written thesis.
MA Theatre Studies students will generally recieve tuition wavers of 25-75%. Some full waivers are possible. MA students are eligible to seek paid graduate assistantships around campus.
MFA Directing students are generally offered full tuition waivers plus stipends for graduate assistantships within the Department of Theatre Arts. If serving as Graduate Assistants in theatre, students will be given research, production, and teaching responsibilities.
Visit Us!We welcome visits by prospective graduate students. Contact Dr. DeAnna Toten Beard to schedule a visit to see our theatre facilities, meet the faculty, and spend time with current graduate students.