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Program: M.A., Theatre Arts


The M.A. degree program is designed to enrich the student’s aesthetic and intellectual needs in the areas of theatrical production, theatre history, literature and criticism, and to provide pre-professional training.

Program Requirements

A. Requirements for Admission to the Program

  1. Baccalaureate degree
  2. A minimum of 24 units of Upper Division Theatre courses, normally distributed as follows:
    1. Acting (3 units)
    2. Directing (3 units)
    3. Theatre Design/Technology (6 units)
    4. Theatre History/Literature/Criticism (12 units)

B. Requirements to Attain Classified Graduate Status in the Program

  1. University requirements for classified graduate status.
  2. Successful completion of departmental qualifying procedures.

Note: Students should consult with the department concerning GRE requirement.

C. Requirements for the M.A. Degree

Minimum of 30 units of approved courses, distributed as follows:

1. Required Course (3 units)

TH 600 Seminar in Research Methods and Bibliography in Theatre (3)

2. Choose two courses (6 units) from the following:

TH 620 Seminar in Theatre History (3)
TH 621 Seminar in Theatrical Literature (3)
TH 625 Seminar in Popular Theatre and Entertainment (3)

3. Choose two courses (6 units) from the following:

TH 630 Seminar in Theatre Aesthetics (3)
TH 640 Seminar in Acting and Directing (3)
TH 670 Seminar in Child Drama (3)

4. Choose 12 units from the following:

TH 695A-Z Theories in Drama and Theatre (3-3-3)
TH 699 Independent Study (1-3, 1-3)

600-Level Courses (3, 3)

600-level courses not selected for credit under sections 2 and 3 above.

Approved 400- and 500-level Courses (3, 3, 3, 3)

Approved 400- and 500-level courses not taken for undergraduate credit or for admission to classified graduate status.

Courses in Related Fields

With the prior written approval of the student’s permanent graduate advisor, up to 6 units of courses in section 4 may be taken in related fields.

5. Culminating Experience (3 units)

TH 698 Thesis or Graduate Project (3)

D. Foreign Language/Statistics Recommendation

Students planning to continue graduate study in Theatre in a doctoral program are advised to also attain proficiency in a foreign language or competency in statistics.

Total Units Required for the M.A. Degree: 30

More information

If you would like more information about this program, please contact


Acting Chair: Ah-Jeong Kim
Nordhoff Hall (NH) 110
(818) 677-3086

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  1. Develop competent research skills.
  2. Develop competent critical thinking and writing abilities.
  3. Develop competent knowledge of world theatre history, literature and criticism.
  4. Demonstrate abilities to apply and integrate skills and knowledge into their professional development.