Theatre Studies, M.A. | University of Kansas | Lawrence, United States
12 months
23951 USD/year
23951 USD/year
9989 USD/year
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The Theatre Studies program at University of Kansas combine rigorous study of theory, criticism and history with production work in a collegial atmosphere.


About the Program

Students can expect to develop expertise in current methodologies, such as those derived from or applicable to contemporary historiography, semiotics, post-structuralism, performance studies, post-modernism and cultural studies. The research of our faculty ranks us in the top ten among a selection of major institutions in the 2005 Faculty Productivity Index by Academic Analytics. The department is an organizational member of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and home to the prestigious Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism.

The Theatre Studies program at University of Kansas helps students to begin developing  a broad, comparative grasp of the major methods, approaches and protocols currently used in both the study and practice of theatre and related art forms.  Special emphasis is placed on (1) an analytic understanding of specific episodes in the history of theatre and similar genres of enactment, (2) the ability to grasp the assumptions and practical protocols that are or have been influential in the creation of theatrical art, and (3) the capacity to examine and appreciate the way theatre influences and is influenced by the context in which it occurs.

By virtue of its broad regard for the way context and live performance interact, the M.A. helps to prepare students for leadership roles in community and regional arts organizations, especially when course work is complemented by a thesis about the arts in community.  Several states regard an M. A. in theatre to be a creditable enhancement of a teacher’s qualifications in grades K-12.  In addition, the focus on those assumptions and history that shape theatre studies and production provide students with a strong transition to a Ph.D. program. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Graduate Study in Theatre
  • The Art of Directing 
  • Problems and Techniques of Direction
  • Advanced Play Production
  • Scenography and the Classic Script
  • Scenography and the Experimental Production

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • an overall undergraduate GPA of no less than 3.2.
  • an overall GPA of no less than 3.5 in the major and in previous graduate studies.
  • An official transcript, sent directly to KU, from your baccalaureate granting institution, and transcripts from all institutions attended post-baccalaureate.
  • Three (3) recent letters of recommendation
  • A current resume of academic and artistic experiences.
  • A statement of personal goals that explains why you want to pursue graduate study in theatre.
  • A writing sample (no more than 15 pages) that demonstrates your ability to theorize, analyze, and synthesize scholarly information. (Please do not send theses, CDs, DVDs, or video tapes.)

Tuition Fee

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    23951 USD/year
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  • National

    23951 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23951 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    9989 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9989 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Lawrence

900 - 1400 USD /month
Living costs

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