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Theatre, M.A.

College of Arts and Sciences

Continue your advanced education in theatre studies by developing research and scholarship skills with an intensive examination of theatre history, dramatic literature and critical theory.

Grow your career opportunities through the scholarly study of theatre from an interdisciplinary perspective, with opportunities to apply your skills in departmental productions. Our graduates teach theatre studies and playwriting, work as dramaturgs, literary managers, education directors in theatre companies, and more.

Program Highlights

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    In-Depth Study

    Gain a strong foundation in theatre studies with intensive scholarly study of theatre history, dramatic literature, theory and criticism.

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    Real Experiences

    Take advantage of opportunities for dramaturgy on main stage productions or independent directing projects.

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    Grow Your Network

    Work alongside peers in the field with presentation opportunities at professional domestic and international conferences.

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    Funding Assistance

    Benefit from opportunities for graduate assistantships, with some positions as teaching assistants available.

What You’ll Study

Coursework includes in-depth analysis of theatre literature, theatre history and dramatic critical theory. Students become proficient in methods of research and analyzing texts and are encouraged to approach their studies from an interdisciplinary perspective, utilizing sources from across the full spectrum of arts and science fields. A scholarly thesis is required.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Public Speaking

    Delivering a message or presentation to an audience effectively and persuasively


    Working with others to achieve a common goal or objective


    Introducing new ideas, methods or products to improve performance or achieve a specific goal

  • Teamwork

    Working collaboratively with others to achieve a shared goal or objective

    Project Management

    Organizing and overseeing tasks to achieve specific goals


    Foster learning by conveying knowledge, skills and concepts to students

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Teacher
  • Faculty Member
  • Professor
  • Education Specialist
  • Literary Manager

Workplace Settings

  • Education
  • Publishing
  • Research