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Graduate Program - MA Theatre and MFA Directing

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If you are interested in an MA or MFA in Directing from the Department of Theatre Arts, take a moment to tell us about yourself and request more information.

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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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0809 TP Eurydice

Graduate thesis production of Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl

Application Process

Click on the following link to download the MFA Directing Application Process for admission in Fall 2018:

MFA Directing Application 2018 (THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS February 2, 2018)

Click on the following link to download the MA Theatre Studies Application Process for admission in Fall 2018:

MA Theatre Studies Application 2018 (THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS March 2, 2018)


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.

Financial Aid

MA Theatre Studies students will generally receive 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. David Jortner to schedule a visit to see our theatre facilities, meet the faculty, and spend time with current graduate students.

The 2007 Graduate Thesis Production of Arthur Miller's All My Sons

Graduate thesis production of All My Sons by Arthur Miller

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