Graduate Program

The School of Theatre & Dance offers the Master of Arts in Theatre Arts.

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The Master of Arts program provides experiences and curriculum for students wishing to expand their knowledge and increase their competence in History and Literature of the Theatre; for those seeking credentials as teachers where the master’s degree is required; and for those who wish to prepare for further graduate work in a doctoral program.

The School of Theatre & Dance previously offered a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts with a Concentration in Design and Technical Production. This program has been temporarily suspended. 

Master of Arts

The 30-unit, two-year Master of Arts in Theatre Arts provides training for students wishing to expand their knowledge and increase their competence in the fields of theatre history, dramatic literature, historiography, dramaturgy, theatre pedagogy, critical theory, cultural studies, mediated performances, and theories of theatre and performance.

Applicants to the two-year M.A. and the Scholars Program must meet University and School requirements. Admission to both programs is based on evaluation of a student’s previous work and supporting materials.

Application Procedures

Step 1: Apply to the Division of Graduate Studies

Admission procedures and eligibility requirements are available from the Division of Graduate Studies and SF State Bulletin (Catalog):

Step 2: Apply to the School of Theatre & Dance

Application requirements include:

  • Copy of all college transcripts
  • 2 letters of recommendation from professional sources
  • A 10-page scholarly research paper
  • Statement of purpose

Program Requirements and Curriculum

For graduates, the normal load during spring and fall is from nine to twelve units per semester and seven units during the summer. For international students immigration regulations require a minimum academic load of twelve units for undergraduates and eight units for graduates for spring, fall and summer semesters. Additional details about the Master of Arts in Theatre Arts are available from the SF State Bulletin (Catalog).

Fees and Expenses

Please refer to the Division of Graduate Studies. 

Financial Aid and Scholarships

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Master of Fine Arts

As of May 2021, the MFA program has been suspended. we hope to