Theatre and Drama

University of Wisconsin Madison

24 months
25336 USD/year
25336 USD/year
12009 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The department offers the MFA advanced degree. At the University of Wisconsin Madison, the master of fine arts degree in Theatre and Drama offers specializations in Acting, Costume Design, Lighting Design, Scene design, and Theatre Technology. Currently the MFA program admission is on hiatus but we will be accepting applications for the fall 2021 semester. 


The faculty in Theatre and Drama are leaders in their field. Together, they have many credits in all facets of the profession, working within their field of theatre research and practice both nationally and abroad. They are recognized for their critically acclaimed publications and production work and have won major awards and fellowships for scholarship, creative work, and teaching.

Graduate students at University of Wisconsin Madison come from around the country and the world. Many have been working theatre professionals returning for advanced degrees. Some graduates go on to teach in the academy; others work in the profession as actors, directors, designers, and technologists.

Coursework and specializations are organized around two areas: acting and design and technology. Students in all specializations are encouraged to complement their major area of study by taking courses from other areas in the department.

Learning Outcomes

  • Exhibit exceptional skill and professional competence in theatre practice exemplified by a knowledge and achievement signified by a large body of work.
  • Applies advanced analytical levels of inquiry and investigation in the creation, performance, production, or communication of theatre practice.
  • Possesses a broad knowledge of theatre literature as well as visual and cultural history and applies that knowledge to the production process.
  • Demonstrates the requisite artistic and technical skills to meet professional standards.
  • Formulates ideas, concepts, designs, performances and/or techniques that advance the field.
  • Articulates complex ideas in a clear and understandable manner.
  • Recognizes and applies principles of ethical and professional conduct.
  • Collaborates effectively, creatively, and generously through respect for the contributions of others.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Script Analysis
  • The Business of Acting
  • Special Topics in Theatre and Drama
  • Fundamentals of Directing
  • Special Topics in Theatre and Drama
  • Collaborative Design & Technology Studio

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


75 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
3 (required)
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
7 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
92 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

Admissions to the Theatre and Drama MFA have been suspended as of fall 2017. If you have any questions, please contact the department

Tuition Fee

  • International

    25336 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25336 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    25336 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25336 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    12009 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12009 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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