12 months
25200 USD/year
23544 USD/year
11720 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Theatre MA program from Arizona State University introduces students to graduate study in the field of theatre and performance studies and provides a broad base of knowledge in the areas of history and historiography, theory, literature and dramaturgy, and practice.


Students have the opportunity to tailor their plan of study to specific research pathways and artistic subject areas such as performance studies, history and historiography, theory, dramatic writing, theatre for youth, performance as research, technology in performance, drama for teaching and learning, design, dramaturgy, devising, directing, dance, somatic movement practices, civic engagement and performance.

The Theatre MA program from Arizona State University is designed for those who wish to ultimately enter a doctoral program, for K-12 educators seeking to expand and amplify their expertise, and for those seeking to advance their knowledge of theatre and performance studies.

Career Opportunities

Professionals with an MA in theatre have successfully have been recruited to PhD programs in theatre, have obtained jobs as teaching artists, and have taught theatre in K-12 settings. Other career examples include:

  • creating and forming a theatre company
  • creating and producing original devised work
  • obtaining highly competitive local and national arts grants and arts residencies
  • working within an established arts organization as a teaching artist, program coordinator or event curator

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Methods
  • Theatre History and Literature
  • College Teaching
  • Studies in Dramatic Theory and Criticism
  • Critical Theory and Performance

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.
  • Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in a related field from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  • graduate admission application and application fee
  • official transcripts
  • current curriculum vitae
  • sample of scholarly writing
  • statement of purpose
  • three letters of recommendation from professionals familiar with the applicant's work
  • proof of English proficiency

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25200 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    23544 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23544 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    11720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11720 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Tempe Junction

900 - 1350 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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