Degree Requirements

Master of Arts. Of the thirty semester hours required for the degree, no more than nine hours may be in upper-division courses. At least fifteen hours must be in the major; at least six must be outside the major. A written thesis is required, for which the student earns six hours of credit in Theatre and Dance 698. Other coursework is determined following an evaluation of the student’s background and preparation.

Master of Fine Arts. Of the sixty semester hours required for the degree, no more than nine may be in upper-division courses. A minor of at least six hours in a supporting subject or subjects outside the major field is required. A thesis is required, for which the student earns six hours of credit in Theatre and Dance 698. Other coursework is determined following an evaluation of the student’s background and preparation.

The requirements for the Master of Fine Arts are based on the assumption that the entering student has a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre or dance. Students with degrees in other disciplines may not have the necessary training or proficiency for some areas of the Master of Fine Arts program. They may be required to take additional upper-division coursework in those areas.

Students with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree may have training and proficiency beyond those of Bachelor of Arts graduates. These students may be granted waivers of some credit hours. Waivers are awarded only after careful evaluation by the faculty of the student’s previous training and experience. No more than twenty semester hours of credit may be waived.

Doctor of Philosophy. The student’s program of study, including coursework and other requirements to be met, must be approved by a committee appointed by the chair of the Graduate Studies Committee. Each student must demonstrate reading competence in two foreign languages, or in-depth knowledge of one foreign language. The student must pass qualifying examinations, write an acceptable dissertation, and pass an oral examination related to the dissertation. Detailed information about the requirements is available from the graduate adviser.