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Arts Leadership, MFA

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #1221 (BCR) , IL,
The Theatre School’s Arts Leadership program is a two-year Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree that combines full-time employment at Chicago Shakespeare Theater with full-time coursework at DePaul University.

About

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) brings a broad spectrum of theater to Chicago each year, engaging and entertaining visitors from all walks of life. Through the World’s Stage Series, CST brings international productions to Chicago audiences, presenting new cultural and artistic experiences. 

For family audiences, CST presents abridged Shakespeare productions and classic musicals. The education outreach program, Team Shakespeare, has reached more than one million students and helps Shakespeare come alive for students and teachers throughout the Midwest. Chicago Shakespeare Theater sets a high standard for entertainment and storytelling that ensures everyone will find something to enjoy—whether it be traditional classical theater or new classics. 

Students in the Arts Leadership program from DePaul University are introduced to all phases of work at CST and assume management positions for specific projects. Students undertake staff management, line production, and strategic development duties in various departments and in doing so, interact with several of the CST’s constituencies, from patrons to artists to donors. 

Students administer the routine tasks that keep a theater running smoothly, and helm company-wide programs that require the highest standard of execution and accountability. Front-line involvement in day-to-day operations coupled with access to the CST’s “big picture” planning afford students a unique opportunity to develop the skills and vision necessary to lead an arts organization into the future.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Managing Effective and Ethical Organizational Behavior
  • Introduction to Public Service Management
  • Business and Professional Communication
  • Working with an External Board
  • Law and Non-Profit Organizations

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    88 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    80

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • The first step is to complete the online application.
  • As part of the application, you will be asked to complete several writing prompts (see below) and upload a copy of your resume. 
  • The application fee ($75) is paid by credit/debit card when submitting the online application.
  • Official transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    865 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 865 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    865 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 865 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    865 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 865 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Chicago

  • 1297 - 2500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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