Key learning outcomes
Through the graduate degree field in Dramatic Arts at Harvard University you build:
- Crucial theoretical and practical insights into performance techniques, and dramaturgical approaches to dramatic texts.
- Broad knowledge in the dramatic arts or specialized knowledge in a specific area, such as dramatic literature, musical theater, directing, or acting.
The degree program includes 12 courses.
- Get started. You begin by completing three stipulated degree courses as outlined on the degree requirements page. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your commitment and ability to perform well as a Harvard student.
- Apply to the program. While you are completing your third degree course, you submit your application. We have application cycles in the fall, spring, and summer.
- Continue your studies, online and on campus. As you progress through the program, you choose from courses offered online, but due to the in-person, workshop teaching method of our drama courses, the majority of the courses are available only on campus.
- Complete your thesis. Working with a thesis director, you conduct in-depth research on a topic relevant to your work experience or academic interests, producing publishable quality results. You’ll emerge with a solid understanding of how research is executed and communicated.
- Graduate with your Harvard degree. You participate in the annual Harvard Commencement, receiving your Harvard University degree: Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in extension studies, field: Dramatic Arts.
The Master of Liberal Arts, Dramatic Arts degree field consists of 12 courses, three of which you take to gain admission.
12 Graduate CoursesThe degree is highly customizable. Within the program curriculum, you choose the dramatic arts and elective courses that meet your personal learning goals.
- Five dramatic arts courses
- One dramatic arts seminar
- Two general electives
- Crafting the thesis proposal
- Master’s thesis part one
- Master’s thesis part two
- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
- Apply before
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To begin the admission process, you simply register—no application needed—for the following three, 4-credit, graduate-level degree courses (available online):
- HUMA 100 Proseminar: Graduate Research Methods and Scholarly Writing in the Humanities
- Before registering, you’ll need to pass our online test of critical reading and writing skills or earn a B or higher in EXPO 42a Writing in the Humanities.
- You have two attempts to earn the minimum grade of B in the proseminar (a withdrawal grade counts as an attempt). The proseminar cannot be more than two years old at the time of application.
- One dramatic arts course
- One dramatic arts course or elective (e.g., EXPO 42a)
While the three courses don't need to be taken in a particular order or in the same semester, we highly recommend that you start with the proseminar. All three courses must be completed with a grade of B or higher, without letting your overall Harvard cumulative GPA dip below 3.0.
International37200 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 37200 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
National37200 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 37200 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
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