Western Illinois University

Master On Campus
12 months
13830 USD/year
13830 USD/year
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The Department of Theatre and Dance offers a program of graduate study leading to the Master of Fine Arts degree at Western Illinois University in the following areas of concentration: acting, directing, and design (costume, lighting, and scenic).


A professionally oriented, terminal degree, it is designed to be a transition between collegiate training and the professional theatre and related careers. The program at Western Illinois University integrates the theoretical with the practical by combining technical preparation and intellectual endeavor with intensive application in designing, directing, and performing in theatre productions in the academic year.

Why Theatre at Western Illinois University?

  • The graduate curriculum requirements offer both depth and breadth in areas of specialty and additional opportunities for electives in theatre and the arts.
  • Students receive intensive application in the dynamic production program and are mentored on auditions and portfolio preparation.
  • There is a strong program of Stage Combat at Western. Students can take numerous courses in combat and earn certification in armed and unarmed combat. We have one of the best theatre armories in the country.
  • Bard at the Barn showcases “unrehearsed Shakespeare” performance techniques in the fall and at other events during the year.
  • The department has gained national recognition for its students’ performance and presentations at the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival and the American College Dance Festival.
  • The department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Stage Combat: Unarmed 
  • Auditions 
  • Dialects 
  • Décor
  • Graduate Technical Theatre Practicum 
  • Analysis
  • Décor 
  • Rehearsal Techniques 
  • Independent Projects in Directing

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • National students - rolling admission




30 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.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated 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.
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).
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

  • Applicants for admission to the School of Graduate Studies must hold a bachelor's degree from an institution that is accredited by the appropriate U.S. Department of Education regional institutional accrediting agency. 
  • Applicants usually apply for admission to a degree program simultaneously with admission to the School of Graduate Studies. 
  • If the applicant meets the minimum admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies, a copy of the application materials is forwarded to the program of interest for consideration.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13830 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13830 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    13830 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13830 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.


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