MA in Theatre

The Master of Arts degree in Theatre Studies is an advanced academic program designed to nurture research and critical skills, knowledge, and professional skills for the potential theatre educator, scholar, and theatre professional. The program emphasizes the critical study of theatre history and performance in an interdisciplinary approach. It offers many opportunities for engagement as dramaturgs, directors, and creative artists.

The Master of Arts degree in Theatre Studies may be completed within one year over the course of three semesters.  Students must fulfill 32 hours of course work in theatre and related studies.  Of these 32, 12 hours must be in courses numbered 500 or higher.  Two semesters in residence are required.  Internships may be required for those seeking to pursue professional careers.  

  • At least 16 hours of theatre history, literature and theory to be selected from approved courses.
  • A final portfolio or presentation is required.
  • At least 8 hours in applied theatre related courses (dramaturgy, acting, directing, design, digital media, museum studies, theatre technology, photography, storytelling, stage management, etc.)

Students will be assigned an advisor who will guide them through the program and assist in course selection. Students are encouraged to take courses in such departments as History, English, Gender and Women’s Studies, Cinema Studies, etc. Students also have an opportunity to participate in professional events housed in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, which presents over 250 performances each season by both national and international artists. (http://www.krannertcenter.illinois.edu/)

A student who wishes to be considered for admission to graduate work in theatre should present the equivalent of at least nine hours of undergraduate college work in theatre. An undergraduate degree in theatre is not required. The committee on admissions tends to select those applicants showing interest in studying theatre as a cultural expression in a broad intellectual context.

Admission Requirements:

  • Transcripts of all previous college work.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • A statement of purpose.
  • One original scholarly or critical essay on theatre history or drama.
  • A resume of activities in theatrical production.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores in the verbal section. (Exceptions are given only to applicants with extensive professional experience.)
  • Foreign students must also submit official TOEFL scores. The current minimum score for acceptance is 550. In addition, the Test of Written English (TWE) is strongly encouraged for non-native speakers.

Application Deadline: Applications submitted by March 15th will recieve full consideration for funding
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