Department of Theatre

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Master of Arts in Theatre

The Master of Arts (MA) in Theatre prepares students for terminal degree programs or professional careers. Graduate students in Theatre work academically and artistically in a small, supportive program. All of our regular faculty have terminal degrees and continue to work professionally in theatre or pursue scholarship both nationally and internationally. Guest artists frequently work on our productions, teach workshops, present lectures, and thereby expand students' opportunities to learn and make professional contacts.

The MA degree requires courses in theatre history, dramatic literature and criticism, as well as directing and dramaturgy. There are two tracks to choose from: the thesis or the creative component. Students who opt to complete a creative component may select from the areas of performance, directing, dramaturgy, or production. Regardless of track, students also select elective courses to craft individualized plans of study. In order to encourage interdiscplinary connections, we require all MA students to take at least one approved course offered outside the Department of Theatre.

Please contact Graduate Coordinator Maria Beach or Theatre Department Head Andrew Kimbrough with any questions!

 

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MA Degree Plan

Both the 30-hr plan (thesis) and the 32-hr plan (creative component) include a required core of 18 hrs. The 30-hr plan (thesis) also requires an additional 6 hrs of electives, and an additional 6 hrs in TH 5000 Masters Thesis & Research; the 32-hr plan (creative component) also requires an additional 11 hrs of electives and an additional 3 hrs in TH 5100 Master's Creative Component & Research.

Total Required Core: 18 Hrs

Elective Options

  • TH 4953 Directing (3 Hrs)
  •  TH 5113 Graduate Theatre History & Theory I (3 Hrs)
  •  TH 5513 Graduate Theatre History & Theory II (3 Hrs )
  •  TH 5313 Dramaturgy (3 Hrs)
  •  TH 5600 Seminar in Dramatic Literature (3 Hrs)
  •  One approved graduate level seminar outside of the Department of Theatre (3 Hrs)
 
Note: The graduate "Plan of Study" must be approved by the student's Graduate Committee before being submitted to the Graduate College.
 
  • TH 5240 Topics in Advanced Acting (3 Hrs, Max 6 Hrs)
  •  TH 5400 Seminar in Theatre (1-3 Hrs, Max 9 Hrs)
  •  TH 5500 Individual Theatre Projects (1-3 Hrs, Max 9 Hrs)
  •  TH 5953 Problems in Advanced Directing (3 Hrs)
  •  TH 5600 Seminar in Dramatic Literature (3 Hrs, Max 6 Hrs)
  •  Graduate Electives in other departments (Max 6 Hrs)
  •  TH 4000 level courses with an * in the OSU Catalog
 

FAQ's

What do I need to include in an application to the MA in Theatre?

The application program provides you the ability to submit four elements: a cover letter clearly stating your reasons for pursuing the MA program and any career goals you may have, contact information for writers of three letters of reference, undergraduate transcripts, and a sample of academic writing (which typically entails a demonstration of research with appropriate citation). Your best writing sample, even without research and citation, will suffice!

Does the Department of Theatre require GRE scores for admission?

At this time we do not require applicants to submit GRE scores. However, applicants who have taken the GRE and have good scores are encouraged to send a score report to the OSU Graduate College. Strong scores may improve an applicant's chances of securing additional funding.

Do I need to have an undergraduate theatre major to pursue an MA in Theatre?

An undergraduate theatre major, minor, or substantial practical experience in theatre typically provides the necessary preparation for advanced work in theatre. However, we will evaluate each applicant based upon his or her past experiences and academic/professional goals. Some students may be admitted into the MA program with deficiencies; these students will take appropriate undergraduate courses in order to be prepared for the MA program and the track that they select. Typically, the creative components in directing and performance require the most practical experience in theatre. Some related fields (for example, English, history, film, and art) may be good preparation for students interested in the thesis track or the creative component in dramaturgy. Contact the Graduate Coordinator to discuss your particular qualifications and aspirations.

Are graduate students eligible to audition and work on productions?

Yes, as long as they are not on academic probation. Students who want to pursue performance or directing typically participate in productions during their first year as preparation for undertaking their creative components in their second year. Graduate students who wish to write a thesis may also pursue practical work in acting, directing, or dramaturgy. Students may receive academic credit for substantial work on productions.

Does the MA have a foreign language requirement or comprehensive exams?

We do not have a foreign language requirement at this time. Students entering the program will take comprehensive examinations in theatre history, theory, dramatic literature, and their proposed area of specialization during the second year of study.

Do international students and/or students who speak English as a second language need TOEFL scores?

Yes, as long as they are not on academic probation. Students who want to pursue performance or directing typically participate in productions during their first year as preparation for undertaking their creative components in their second year. Graduate students who wish to write a thesis may also pursue practical work in acting, directing, or dramaturgy. Students may receive academic credit for substantial work on productions.