M.A. On Campus

Theatre Studies

University of Kansas

12 months
19322 USD/year
18017 USD/year
7546 USD/year
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The M.A. in Theatre Studies 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.

Learning outcomes

By virtue of its broad regard for the way context and live performance interact, the M. A. Theatre Studies at University of Kansas 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 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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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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  • International

    19322 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 19322 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    18017 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 18017 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    7546 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 7546 USD per year during 12 months.
  • Annual tuition for 18 credits

Living costs for Lawrence

900 - 1400 USD /month
Living costs

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