M.A. in Theatre 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 theories, cultural studies, mediated performances, and theories of theatre and performance.

Students must meet University and departmental requirements, and must normally have completed an undergraduate major in Theatre Arts. Consideration is given to students with a strong undergraduate minor or other relevant work. Admission to the program 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
  • Undergraduate degree with a major in theatre, or equivalent experience
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • 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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