Each student in the MA in Theatre Arts tailors their degree to their interests and goals. Our core courses provide surveys of theatre history, theatre theory, and dramatic literature. In addition, a wide range of electives are available in subjects including theatre for youth, creative drama, dramaturgy, directing, playwriting, and interdisciplinary work in film and media studies. Our MA program provides skills and concepts for dramaturgs and teaching artists, professional development for San Diego-area teachers, personal enrichment for members of the community, and preparation for further graduate study for students interested in continuing on to an MFA or a PhD program.
There are no emphases in the MA Program. Students take a range of courses, primarily academic. These academic courses broaden students’ appreciation for and understanding of a range of ideas about theatre from around the world, past and present. However, students are encouraged to take other courses offered in the School of Theatre, Television, and Film and in other departments on campus. The MA in Theatre prepares students for further study in the field or a professional career in teaching. Students in the MA regularly work as dramaturgs on department productions; training in the art and practice of dramaturgy is provided in an MA seminar. Additionally, there are some teaching and teaching assistant opportunities, usually available to students in the second year.
Review the Graduate Degree Learning Outcomes
Cal State Apply Application - March 2, 2020
Submit Documents to Graduate Admissions - April 1, 2020
Submit Supplemental Documents to Department - April 1, 2020
Our preferred deadline for submitting applications is February 1 for admission in the Fall.
At this time, we are not accepting students mid-year.
Interested students need to submit the following for the admissions committee to review.
Applications are submitted online through Cal State Apply.
For specifics about the application process, and to apply online, visit Cal State Apply.
For more information about the MA in Theatre Arts, contact the Director of the MA Program:
Dr. Shelley Orr
For additional curriculum details, please consult the following:
For more information, contact the Academic Advisor:
Dr. Shelley Orr