36 months
35213 USD/year
35213 USD/year
14085 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Theater program at  Southern Illinois University offers the right combination of theory, practice and imagination—an effective blend of academic work, production experience and creativity.



The Department of Theater is an academic unit within the College of Liberal Arts of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, engaged in teaching, research/creative activity, and service. The Department of Theater is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre, 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA. 20190.

The Theater Department is committed to the continued refinement of its primary objectives which are, in order of priority:

  • Dedication to the development of excellence in the education and training of its students
  • Contribution to the field of theater through investigation of and experimentation in the art and its practice
  • Service as a cultural benefit to the University and the community at large

The Theater program at  Southern Illinois University blends scholarship and practice into an academically based theater experience that provides students with broad-based exposure to the human experience and a sound foundation in the skills of theater craft. Graduates will be able to apply their knowledge of performance, production, theater history and literature, and contemporary practice in a wide variety of theater venues. Graduates will also be able to demonstrate intrapersonal and interpersonal skills in the form of leadership qualities, self discipline, creative expression, critical thinking, and the ability to work effectively as part of a collaborative team.

The program presents an effective blend of academic work, production experience and creative thinking—to prepare you for a productive and successful life in Theater. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Production
  • Stage Management
  • Directing Studio
  • Theater Management
  • Scene Design
  • Children's Theater
  • Patterning and Draping for the Theater

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • 2.7 (on a grading scale with 4.0=A; approximately a "B-" average) on the last two years of Bachelor's coursework
  • 3.0 on all previous graduate work (approximately a "B" average)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    35213 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35213 USD per year during 36 months.
  • National

    35213 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35213 USD per year during 36 months.
  • In-State

    14085 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14085 USD per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Carbondale

1100 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

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