Villanova University

24 months
770 USD/credit
770 USD/credit
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The Theatre program of Villanova University is one of only a handful of M.A. theatre programs in the U.S. that provides students with a broad view of the diverse components of theatre, including acting, directing, playwriting, scenography, dramaturgy, and technical theatre.

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Students enrolled in the Theatre program of Villanova University undergo a two-pronged course of study that combines scholarly and practical approaches to theatre and works toward a thesis defense in the second year.

The M.A. degree provides crucial tools for the developing theatre practitioner, performer, educator, or scholar.


The Graduate Theatre program at Villanova offers a distinct fusion of both academic work and practical experience. 

As a student, you will have the opportunity to expand your mind through rigorous academic courses, covering topics such as theatre history, dramaturgy, dramatic literature, theatre criticism and script analysis. In addition to these academic courses, Villanova also offers a number of performance-centered classes in acting, characterization, directing, musical theatre, playwriting and more.   

Full-time students take three classes a semester and finish in two years, but it's possible to take classes part-time as well. Semesters are comprised of required coursework and electives of your choosing. You can find more information about courses here.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Principles of Acting
  • Script Analysis
  • Dramaturgy - Classic
  • Dramaturgy - Modern
  • Vision and Form - Classic
  • Vision and Form - Modern

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 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.
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

  • You must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Graduate Student Application (electronic)
  • Resume/CV
  • Headshot (professional preferred)
  • Writing sample
  • Statement of Goals
  • 3 recommendations (submitted electronically)
  • Unofficial transcripts

Tuition Fee

  • International

    770 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 770 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    770 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 770 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


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