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Theatre Arts M.A.

Theatre Arts & Dance Dept
College of Liberal Arts
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Contact Information
Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, 580 Rarig Center, 330 21st Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-625-6699; fax: 612-625-6334)
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2022
  • Length of program in credits: 30 to 40
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Arts
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The University of Minnesota offers a unique graduate program drawing from the varied research expertise of its core faculty. Together, the faculty is committed to the study of theatre and performance as practices of social, cultural, and political consequence. The department's work in theatre historiography and performance criticism examines the stakes of acts of representation, movement, and meaning-production both within and without the discipline of theatre. The curriculum of this program trains students to be rigorous scholars and expert teachers of theatre and performance studies at the college level.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 6.5
  • MELAB
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan A: Plan A requires 24 major credits, 6 credits outside the major, and 10 thesis credits. The final exam is oral.
Plan B: Plan B requires 24 major credits and 6 credits outside the major. The final exam is written. A capstone project is required.
Capstone Project:The Plan B requirement comprises three Plan B papers completed in consultation with the advisor and director of graduate studies.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Signature Seminars (6 credits)
Take the following courses, or take TH 8120 twice to complete this 6-credit requirement.
TH 8120 - Seminar (3.0 cr)
TH 5117 - Performance and Social Change (3.0 cr)
Field Seminars (6 credits)
Select 6 credits from the following in consultation with the advisor:
TH 8111 - History and Theory of Western Theatre: Ancient World and Early Medieval (3.0 cr)
TH 8112 - History and Theory of Western Theatre: Medieval Through Renaissance (3.0 cr)
TH 8113 - History and Theory of Western Theatre: National Theatres to the French Revolution (3.0 cr)
TH 8114 - Theatre: Performance and Political Modernity (3.0 cr)
TH 8115 - History and Theory of Western Theatre: 20th Century Through World War II (3.0 cr)
TH 8116 - History and Theory of Western Theatre: 20th Century From 1945 to the Present (3.0 cr)
Pedagogy and Professionalization Course (3 credits)
Take TH 8950 for 3 credits.
TH 8950 - Topics in Theatre (3.0-4.0 cr)
Historiography Seminar (3 credits)
Take the following course:
TH 8102 - Theatre Historiography (3.0 cr)
Electives (6 credits)
Select 6 credits from within Theatre Arts in consultation with the advisor.
Outside Coursework (6 credits)
Select 6 credits from outside Theatre Arts in consultation with the advisor.
Plan Options
Plan A
Thesis Credits
Take 10 master's thesis credits.
TH 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's (1.0-18.0 cr)
 
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TH 8120 - Seminar
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Selected research topics from various theatre fields and periods. Sample topics: Border Crossings--Theatre History and Representation; The Theatre and Drama of the Third Reich, 1927-1944.
TH 5117 - Performance and Social Change
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Reading, writing, research, presentations and workshops explore activist performance projects. Theories of social formation and ideology provide framework to discuss/animate theater's potential for social change. prereq: Jr or sr or grad student
TH 8111 - History and Theory of Western Theatre: Ancient World and Early Medieval
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
History, theories, arts, and crafts of western theatre from the ancient world to the present.
TH 8112 - History and Theory of Western Theatre: Medieval Through Renaissance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
History, theories, arts, and crafts of western theatre from the ancient world to the present.
TH 8113 - History and Theory of Western Theatre: National Theatres to the French Revolution
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
History, theories, arts, and crafts of western theatre from the ancient world to the present.
TH 8114 - Theatre: Performance and Political Modernity
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
History, theories, arts, and crafts of western theatre from the ancient world to the present.
TH 8115 - History and Theory of Western Theatre: 20th Century Through World War II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
History, theories, arts, and crafts of western theatre from the ancient world to the present.
TH 8116 - History and Theory of Western Theatre: 20th Century From 1945 to the Present
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
History, theories, arts, and crafts of western theatre from the ancient world to the present.
TH 8950 - Topics in Theatre
Credits: 3.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Topics specified in Class Schedule.
TH 8102 - Theatre Historiography
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Current trends in historiography; research strategies and methods.
TH 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's
Credits: 1.0 -18.0 [max 50.0]
Grading Basis: No Grade
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
(No description) prereq: Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 10 cr total required [Plan A only]