Master of Arts in Theatre Arts

Not offered in the 2018/19-2019/20 Academic Years

Requirements (45 units)

The M.A. in Theatre Arts is designed for students who wish to apply advanced theories, methodologies, and technologies of theatre in their careers as theatre artists and educators, and for those who wish to advance from this degree to further graduate work. The program is unique in its flexibility, wide range of theatre education opportunities, and specialized faculty. Students are required to develop focused programs of study.

Admission to the Program

Students must fulfill all the general requirements for admission to graduate studies at this university. Applications for admission to the program should be sent to the department graduate coordinator and must include:

  1. A resume describing relevant professional and educational experience in Theatre and classroom teaching;
  2. Three letters of recommendation attesting to academic aptitude and creative accomplishments;
  3. A one-page essay describing life/career goals and the role the applicant sees this degree playing in accomplishing these goals;
  4. Completion of the graduate entrance writing requirement.

Advancement to Candidacy

In order to be advanced to candidacy, a student must have:

  1. Selected an advisor with the consent of the faculty member and the approval of the graduate coordinator;
  2. Formed a three member advisory committee prior to completion of 16 units;
  3. Secured approval from student's advisory committee and graduate coordinator of a course of study, prior to completion of 20 units.

Requirements for Graduation

  1. Advancement to candidacy;
  2. A minimum of 45 quarter units of acceptable graduate level work with no fewer than 32 of these units at the 500- or 600-level;
  3. A grade point average of at least 3.0 ("B") in all graduate course work and grades of "C" (2.0) or better in all courses in the program;
  4. A capstone experience of a project or internship approved by the student's advisory committee and graduate coordinator;
  5. Successful completion of TA 695 or TA 699 which also meets the department's graduation writing requirements.

Degree Requirements (45 units)

Twelve units chosen from:12
Creative Dance in the Classroom
Advanced Creative Dance Methods
Creative Writing in the Secondary Classroom
Images of Culture Through Childrens Literature
History of Musical Theatre
The Camera Eye
Performance for New Media
African-American Theatre and Drama
Asian Theatre
Theatre in the Post-Colonial World
Issues in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Theatre
Chicana/o and U.S. Latina/o Theatre
Theatre in the Elementary Classroom
Criticism of Theatre in Performance
Studies of Major Figures and Genres
TA 535A-D
Independent Project
TA 555A-F
Independent Study
Advanced Creative Drama in the Classroom
Theatre in the Secondary Classroom
TA 694A-E
Graduate Project Preparation
TA 697A-E:Thesis Preparation
Total Units12