Master of Arts: Theatre and Performance Studies

The MA degree provides students with the necessary research skills to productively engage in scholarly conversations about theatre and performance. 

Curriculum and Requirements for the Completion of the Degree


A minimum of one and a half years or three semesters of residency is required.


33 hours of courses, made up of those stipuated in the curriculum and electives required.

Required Course Work:

  • Eight courses in dramatic literature, theatre history, criticism, or theory at least 5 of which are graduate seminars in the department

No lower-level undergraduate courses numbered 0001-0999 may be applied toward a graduate degree.  MA students may not take THEA 2990 Independent Study for graduate credit.  The student's advisor will regularly monitor selection of courses and approve the overall sequence chosen.

Minimum Grade Requirement

The MA degree is conferred only on those students who have completed all courses required for the degree with an average grade of B (i.e., a 3.00 QPA).

Diagnostic Exam

All entering MA students will be asked to take the Diagnostic Test in World Theatre History before the first week of classes in the Fall. A general knowledge of world theatre history is necessary for all graduate degrees in the Department.  Scores on the diagnostic exam determine which courses in the 3-semester theatre history sequence should be taken by each graduate student.

Comprehensive Examination or MA Thesis

MA students in the Department of Theatre Arts may elect to take a Comprehensive Exam or write a Master’s Thesis. For more information, please see the Graduate Handbook.

More details about the MA program and the requirements listed above are available in our Graduate Student Handbook.

View more information about graduate student courses.

For application information please see admission requirements.


For questions or information regarding the application process, please contact:

Maggie Bupp
Graduate Student Services Administration

For questions or information regarding the Theatre Arts Graduate Programs, please contact:

Kathleen George
Director of Graduate Studies