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Theater History and Theater Criticism, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #601 (QS) ,
The Department of Theater offers a master of arts degree in theater, with emphasis on theater history and criticism. This 33-credit program requires a minimum of 27 credits to be completed in the Department of Theater with the remaining credits chosen in consultation with the program head. The program is an important step toward a doctorate in theater.


The Department of Theater provides talented students with the artistic and intellectual foundation necessary to succeed on stage or behind the curtain. You will receive rigorous training in acting, design and directing, with many performance opportunities to sharpen your expertise.
Our performing arts management program is considered one of the strongest in the country, and our program in theater history and criticism will give you a thorough grounding in scholarship, dramaturgy and theatrical criticism. Our faculty — active members of the theater community across the country — will mentor you and guide you to important internship and networking opportunities, including at Soho Rep, Playwrights Horizon, Ford's Theater, HBO and more. You will graduate with the training, contacts and confidence you’ll need to flourish in the theater world.

Programme Structure

  • Development of Dramatic Structure I
  • Development of Dramatic Structure II
  • Theater Research and Bibliography
  • History of the Theater to 1642
  • History of the Theater from 1642
  • History of Theatrical Theory and Criticism I
  • History of Theatrical Theory and Criticism II
  • Thesis Production and/or Project

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

Submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions: 

  • official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended,
  •  three letters of recommendation,
  •  two examples of research papers on a theater topic and an essay describing professional goals.
Applicants must offer at least 18 credits in theater courses including at least one course in each of the following: dramatic literature, theater history, and theater production. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19920 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9960 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    19920 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9960 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    7170 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3585 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
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