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Performance, Theatre and Practice, M.A.

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University rank #987 (BCR) Oxford, OH, United States
Graduate students in theatre at Miami are given the unique opportunity to participate in a program devoted solely to one degree, the Master of Arts. The MA is typically a two-year program, but can also be completed in one year as part of a combined BA/MA. 


Intended to prepare students for work in the professional theatre or further study at the doctoral or MFA level, the MA provides students with a foundation in performance theory and criticism, dramatic literature and theatre history, while at the same time allowing students to refine skills as directors, playwrights, dramaturgs, or designers.

At any given time, there are between seven and ten graduate students in the program, which allows faculty mentors to devote a significant amount of personalized attention to each student. Our faculty remains active outside the university, publishing books and essays, editing journals, participating at national and international conferences, and pursuing professional work as directors, acting coaches, and designers.

Students come to our program from throughout the US and the world, with a wide variety of theatre and life experience, making the community a diverse and exciting place to study. Our recent graduates have consistently achieved success in prestigious PhD and MFA programs nationwide, while others have gone on to work in the professional theatre or to teach at the secondary level.


Miami University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region of the United States. Miami's most recent accreditation review occurred in 2015.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research and Methodology (3)
  • Intro to Performance Theory (3)
  • Graduate Colloquium (4)
  • Integrating Performance, Theory and Practice (3)
  • Theatre: Politics and Ethics
  • Topics in Theatre and Performance
  • Topics in Applied Theatre, Practice, and Pedagogy

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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General Requirements

  • Complete the Application for Admission.Indicate THEATRE as your area of study. You may complete your application online or print it and send by mail.
  • A statement of purpose that includes your interests and goals in pursuing graduate study in theatre.
  • A writing sample in the form of a critical paper related to a theatre, performance, or literary topic.
  • Three letters of recommendation that speak to your ability to pursue graduate study

Tuition Fee

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    15026 USD/semester
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  • National

    6155 USD/semester
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Living costs for Oxford

  • 1095 - 1810 USD/month
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