2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Apr 21, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Theatre MA

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College: Arts and Humanities Degree: MA
Department: School of Performing Arts Option: Thesis
Program Websites: http://theatre.cah.ucf.edu/
Graduate Program Handbook

Program Description

The Master of Arts in Theatre provides high school teachers, community college teachers, and developing theatre scholars the opportunity to strengthen skills and knowledge of theatre beyond the undergraduate level.

The Master of Arts in Theatre provides less practical training than the MFA degree. Since its purpose is not to train persons for professional careers in the arts and entertainment industry, the program of study is more theoretical. MA students typically pursue a variety of goals: increasing specific theatrical skills, extending theatre skills into new areas, preparing for entrance into doctoral Theatre programs, or in the case of educators, expanding their expertise and credentials. Students may be admitted on either a full-time or part-time basis.


The Master of Arts in Theatre program offers a rigorous course of study of 39 credit hours minimum, culminating in the writing of a scholarly thesis. Of the 39 credit hours required for the degree, 30 credit hours are required core courses with the other 9 credit hours chosen from a specified list of elective Theatre courses offered by the School.

Total Credit Hours Required: 39 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

Candidates must demonstrate the ability to understand the conceptual basis of their art and to be able to articulate that understanding to others. In addition to their theoretical studies, MA students are also required to demonstrate proficiency in theatrical production. Students are expected to select either Theatre Studies or Musical Theatre as their concentration when applying for the program.  

Students must maintain a minimum “B” (3.00) overall Theatre GPA to continue in the major. Fifty percent of graduate course work must be at the 6000 level. Theatre courses with grades of less than “C” will not be counted toward degree requirements. Continuation in the MA program requires a positive annual evaluation. All graduate students must consult with an area adviser. All MA students must successfully complete a written thesis. The thesis proposal must be approved in advance.

Required Courses—21 Credit Hours

Musical Theatre Concentration—15 Credit Hours

Elective Courses - 9 Credit Hours

Other graduate-level courses may be permitted with school approval.

Thesis—9 Credit Hours for Theatre Studies or Musical Theatre Concentration

  • THE 6971 Thesis 9 Credit Hours

Course Schedule—Theatre Studies Concentration

Year 1

Fall—10 Credit Hours

Year 2

Fall- 10 Credit Hours

Spring—9 Credit Hours

  • 6000-Level Theatre Elective 3 Credit Hours
  • THE 6971 Thesis 6 Credit Hours

Course Schedule—Musical Theatre Concentration

Summer 2—7 Credit Hours

Academic Year Courses—22 Credit Hours


A comprehensive Theatre exam is administered to MA majors at the end of their course work. The department allows two attempts at a comprehensive exam.

Transfer and Residency

Students without an earned master’s degree can usually transfer up to 9 semester hours of credit into this program. A minimum of 30 credits must be taken at the University of Central Florida. Students must complete a residency requirement of at least two full-time consecutive semesters. A summer session may be counted toward the two consecutive semester requirement.

Independent Learning

A thesis is required.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions  section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements , applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • BA or BFA in Theatre or equivalent.
  • A 3.0 Theatre GPA.
  • An interview is required.
  • 5-10 page academic paper.
  • Goals statement.
  • An 8 X 10 headshot.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Complete the general entrance prerequisites.

General Entrance Prerequisites—Students applying for entrance into the MA program must have successfully completed the following undergraduate courses or their equivalent: Script Analysis or Play Analysis, Theatre History I and II, Dramatic Literature I and II, Directing I.

Each student entering the program must be approved by the Graduate Committee of the Department of Theatre in the School of Performing Arts.

Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

Application Deadlines

Theatre MA *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15 Mar 1 Dec 1 Apr 1
International Applicants Jan 15 Jan 15 Jul 1 Nov 1

*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date. 

The Application Deadline for Fall 2021 has been extended to June 1, 2021.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information  section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Earl Weaver PhD
Associate Professor
Telephone: 407-823-3858
Performing Arts Center (PAC) T220

Julia Listengarten PhD
Telephone: 407-823-3858
Performing Arts Center (PAC) T220

Graduate Admissions

Mike Burke
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address

UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL 32816-0112

Institution Codes
GRE: 5233
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

Graduate Fellowships

Grad Fellowships
Telephone: 407-823-0127

Graduate Financial Aid

UCF Student Financial Assistance
Millican Hall 120
Telephone: 407-823-2827
Appointment Line: 407-823-5285
Fax: 407-823-5241

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