Pennsylvania State University

36 months
37694 USD/year
37694 USD/year
21960 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Facilities include the Playhouse, a 450-seat proscenium theatre; the Pavilion, a 249-seat thrust theatre; a 150-seat proscenium theatre in the heart of downtown State College; theatre production studios for scenic, property, and costume preparation.The Theatre program is offered at Pennsylvania State University.

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The master of fine arts degree program in Theatre at Pennsylvania State University pursues the following objectives:

  • to assist each student in acquiring discriminating taste and critical judgment in theatre;
  • to help each student attain skills and proficiencies in theatre;
  • to provide the training, discipline, and opportunities essential to the development of a professional ability in at least one area of theatre; and
  • to prepare each student for an active career in academic and/or professional theatre or other areas within the entertainment industry.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Theatre Projects
  • Theatre History: Ancient to 1700
  • Theatre History: American Theatre

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
80 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A broad undergraduate preparation in theatre, including 3 credits each in acting, directing, stagecraft, and theatre history; and 6 credits of dramatic literature;
  • 12 credits in related subject areas such as communications, oral interpretation, art, business, music, and dance; and
  • Submission of a vita and at least three letters of recommendation.
  • Submission of evidence of professional potential in the proposed area of specialization-auditions, prompt books, portfolios, manuscripts, and other appropriate presentations-to the applicable study program(s) by arrangement with the department; and
  • A personal interview to be arranged by the student.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    37694 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 37694 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    37694 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 37694 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • In-State

    21960 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21960 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.


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