Study the Theatrical Arts

Develop your understanding of the relationship between theatre theory and onstage practice. Our master’s degree program offers an intensive study of dramatic traditions as well as practical, artistic explorations. You can earn your master’s degree in as little as 14 months with our accelerated track designed for current educators or those who may be working full-time. For those interested in the traditional graduate experience, our two-year program allows students to dive into graduate school and commit to the University Playhouse’s yearly productions. Earning your master’s degree in theatre prepares you for Ph.D. programs or a variety of careers in education, professional theatre, and much more. Take center stage by enrolling today!

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration 14 months to 2 Years
Foreign Language Foreign language required for MA
Delivery Blended (50-85% Online), Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours 30-36 Hours
Thesis Requirements Thesis and non-thesis options available

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Theatre (MA/MS) :: 1.3 SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED WITH A DEGREE IN THEATRE

SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED WITH A Master’s DEGREE IN THEATRE

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Theatre Master of Arts:: Focus Your Passion

Focus Your Passion

The Department of Theatre offers two different tracks toward earning your master’s degree. Explore which option works best for your career interests and research goals. You can earn your master’s degree in as little as 14 months with our accelerated track. We also offer a more traditional, two-year graduate experience.

Thesis (MA)

Our thesis track prepares you for doctorate programs and other professions. Work alongside faculty as you research theatre performance, pedagogy and principles. This option is only available to students pursuing the traditional two-year program.
Total credit hours: 30

Non-thesis (MA)

Earn your master’s degree in theatre with our non-thesis track. Designed to offer a wide variety of courses, this track provides a broad education in theatre. This option is available to students pursuing the accelerated or two-year track.
Total credit hours: 36

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Theatre (MA/MS) :: PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

A master’s degree in theatre will offer you the opportunity to:

  • Explain the intricacies and complexities of historical events, dramatic literature and theoretical perspectives in theatre
  • Determine appropriate management or technical approaches for complex theatrical encounters
  • Assess the benefits and challenges associated with specific, creative theatrical techniques
  • Synthesize theatrical information and research in quality, graduate-level scholarly writing
  • Write critically using analytical thinking skills about theatre topics
  • Critically analyze and communicate ideas regarding theatre topics using effective oral communication skills
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Theatre (MA/MS) :: Careers

Careers

Build your repertoire and professional portfolio by earning your master’s degree in theatre from A&M-Commerce. Whether you desire to work in professional theatre or improve your teaching skills, our program prepares you for a wide variety of careers.

Career Possibilities

  • Acting
  • Producing
  • Directing
  • Playwriting
  • Theatre Education
  • Properties Design
  • Costume Design
  • Set Design
  • Dramaturgy
  • Lighting Design
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Theatre (MA/MS) :: FEATURED COURSES

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Theatre (MA/MS) :: Course Delivery and Resources

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Course Delivery

Our program meets the needs of in-residence students and working professionals. We offer courses online and face-to-face classes at the main campus in the fall and spring. In-person courses are also offered during the summer. Choose from a wide variety of electives to personalize your studies and educational experience.

We offer alternative scheduling options to earn your master in as little as 14 months. The alternative scheduling is specially designed for those who are working/teaching full-time and are unable to pursue the traditional graduate school experience.

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Graduate Program Cost

PROGRAM COSTS

Tuition and fees for graduate students taking nine credit hours are $3,669 for Texas residents and $7,341 for non-residents.

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ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS International/Domestic Tabs

Admission

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Deadlines

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Your Path to Becoming a Lion

Step 1. Submit Application

Submit your application through ApplyTexas.

  • Select “Create a new graduate school admissions application.”
  • Select “Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce)” as your “Target University.”

  • Select “Theatre, MS or Theatre, MA” as your “Major.”
  • Pay the $50 application fee.

Wait to receive an application confirmation email before proceeding to the next step.

  • After you submit your application, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email within two business days to the personal email account you used for ApplyTexas.

Provisional Status

After you submit your application, you may be granted provisional status, which means you can enroll in one semester of courses. You will not be eligible for financial aid until you submit all of your documents and are accepted into the program.

Step 2. Submit Documents

Submit the following documents after you receive an application confirmation email.

Official Transcripts

Contact your previous institution(s) and request that they send your official transcripts to [email protected].

  • We recommend that you request transcripts for all of your academic work.

Postal Alternative

If your institution is unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
PO Box 3011
Commerce, Texas 75429-3011

We will need official/original documents. If those documents are the only copies you have, the Graduate School can mail them back to you upon request. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Letter of Recommendation

Request one signed letter of recommendation, on letterhead, from a professional who can attest to your goals and ability to succeed in the program. That individual should:

Postal Alternative

If you are unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
PO Box 3011
Commerce, Texas 75429-3011

Statement of Goals

Answer these prompts in 250 to 500 words:

  • Why do you want to study your particular area of study?
  • What do you hope this degree leads to?
  • What are your goals? Short term education goals, long term career goals.
  • Explain previous theatrical experience and training.

Resume or CV

Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which includes your academic and professional history and achievements.

Look for application updates in myLeo > Apps > Check Application Status

  • Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email to your student email account at myLeo > Apps > Leomail.

Step 3. Apply for Financial Assistance

  • Apply for scholarships and graduate assistantships once you are admitted.
  • Apply for financial aid by submitting a FAFSA and sending it to school code 003565.
  • Contact your financial aid advisor with any questions.

Step 4. Register for Classes

Once registration opens and you are eligible to enroll, your graduate enrollment specialist will contact you to complete registration.

  • View your degree plan in DegreeWorks.
  • To register for classes, go to myLeo > Student Resources > Registration Menu.

Contact your graduate enrollment specialist if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.

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Theatre (MA/MS) :: Program Admission Requirements Intl.

Deadlines

  • Fall admission consideration: June 1
  • Spring admission consideration: October 15
  • Summer admission consideration: March 15

Your Path to Becoming a Lion

Step 1. Submit Application

Submit your application through ApplyTexas.

  • Select “Create a new graduate school admissions application.”
  • Select “Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce)” as your “Target University.”

  • Select “Theatre, MS or Theatre, MA” as your “Major.”
  • Pay the $75 application fee.

Wait to receive an application confirmation email before proceeding to the next step.

  • After you submit your application, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email within two business days to the personal email account you used for ApplyTexas.

Step 2. Submit Documents

Submit the following documents after you receive an application confirmation email.

Official Transcripts

Contact your previous institution(s) and request that they send your official transcripts to [email protected].

  • We recommend that you request transcripts for all of your academic work.

Postal Alternative

If you are unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
2600 S. Neal St.
Commerce Texas 75428

We will need official/original documents. If those documents are the only copies you have, the Graduate School can mail them back to you upon request. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Letter of Recommendation

Request one signed letter of recommendation, on letterhead, from a professional who can attest to your goals and ability to succeed in the program. That individual should:

Postal Alternative

If you are unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
2600 S. Neal St.
Commerce Texas 75428

Statement of Goals

Answer these prompts in 250 to 500 words:

  • Why do you want to study your particular area of study?
  • What do you hope this degree leads to?
  • What are your goals? Short term education goals, long term career goals.
  • Explain previous theatrical experience and training.

Resume or CV

Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which includes your academic and professional history and achievements.

English Proficiency

You do not need to submit test scores if you have completed (all years) of a bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited university in the United States.

Request that your scores from one of the following be sent to Texas A&M University-Commerce:

  • TOEFL (Minimum Scores: IBT 79, or CBT 213, or PBT 550)
  • IELTS (Minimum Score: 6.00 band overall)
  • PTE (Minimum Score: 53 overall or higher)
  • Duo Lingo (Minimum Score: 105)

*Scores must be less than two years old.

Official Sponsor Documents

Submit these documents to the Office of International Programs once you have been admitted

  • Official sponsor statement
  • Bank statement from the sponsor with a balance of at least $26,025 USD which is less than 1 year old

Look for application updates in myLeo > Apps > Check Application Status

  • Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email to your student email account at myLeo > Apps > Leomail.

Step 3. Apply for Funding

Step 4. Register for Classes

Once registration opens and you are eligible to enroll, your graduate enrollment specialist will contact you to complete registration.

  • View your degree plan in DegreeWorks.
  • To register for classes, go to myLeo > Student Resources > Registration Menu.

Contact your graduate enrollment specialist if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a bachelor’s degree in Theatre to qualify for this program?

We encourage you to apply if you currently hold a theatre major, minor, or at least 18 credit hours of theatre courses. If you did not study theatre in your undergraduate degree but have significant professional experience in theatre, you may still be a likely candidate for admission. Your professional experience can be expressed through the Statement of Goals and Resume/CV required for admission to the program.

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What is the deadline for the Theatre graduate application?

No, there are no deadlines. We accept applications at any time. We have three start times: spring, summer, and fall.

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