Pennsylvania State University

Master On Campus
24 months
38198 USD/year
38198 USD/year
22464 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.


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
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated 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.
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).

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

    38198 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 38198 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    38198 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 38198 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    22464 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22464 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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Due for update

Updated over a year ago

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Pennsylvania State University


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