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OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2009-2011 
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2009-2011 [Archived Catalog]

Theater (M.A.)

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The Master of Arts degree in Theater is a one-year program that provides the student with a broad-based graduate level education in all areas of theater: historic, dramatic, and practical. Each student is required to undertake a strong base in theater history and drama, with additional coursework in playwriting, directing, and design. The student is able to apply this work to the practice of School of Theater productions. Masters’ students demonstrate their proficiency through a comprehensive examination, written thesis, performance project, or, for exceptional students, internship at a professional theater. All work takes place in the context of a professionally oriented School of Theater, and coursework is with M.F.A. students led by professionally active faculty.

Providing a diverse education, this program enables graduate students and those entering the professional theater to broaden future goals and hone skills. The program is especially appropriate for individuals whose undergraduate major was in an area other than theater/drama, or for those who are returning to theater studies in mid-career. International students who wish to gain a knowledge of Western theater studies and practice are also encouraged to apply.

Admission is based on a 3.0 GPA in undergraduate work, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample. Admission to an area of specialization is required for entry. A personal interview is recommended.

Specific Course Requirements

Three quarters of residency including:

  • Theater History/Drama Credits: 12
  • Playwriting Credits: 4
  • Directing Credits: 4
    See footnote * below
  • Design Credits: 4
    See footnote * below
  • Practicum Credits: 5
  • Exam/Thesis/Project/Intern Credits: 4
  • Specialization Area Credits: 8
    See footnote ** below

Total Credits: 45


For the thesis or internship option, an additional quarter of registration is required.

* Certain courses require permission for enrollment.

** Specialization areas include theater history/drama, playwriting, directing, stage management, and design.

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