Twin Cities Campus
Theatre Arts Ph.D.
Theatre Arts & Dance Dept
College of Liberal Arts
Link to a list of faculty for this program.
Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, 580 Rarig Center, 330 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-625-6699; fax: 612-625-6334)
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.
This program is accredited by National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).
Prerequisites for Admission
Special Application Requirements:
In order to be admitted to the M.A./Ph.D. program, you must have a working knowledge/reading proficiency of at least one foreign language (or a sign language).
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
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.
18 credits are required in the major.
12 credits are required outside the major.
24 thesis credits are required.
This program may not be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
Language Requirement: Proficiency in one foreign language.
A minimum GPA of 3.50 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 2 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
The M.A./Ph.D. core curriculum includes three categories of 8xxx courses. Students are required to take a minimum of two courses each from category A and category B, and both courses in category C.
A: Signature Seminars
Each member of the M.A./Ph.D. faculty will offer a "signature seminar" on a two-year rotation. These seminars focus on the faculty member's current primary area of research interest, with an emphasis on articulating the distinct research methodology that the faculty member brings to bear on his/her field.
B: Field Seminars
Each member of the M.A./Ph.D. faculty will offer a "field seminar" on a two-year rotation. These seminars are designed to give students a level of field expertise that will enable them to teach in the history, literature, and criticism of theatre studies, and each focuses on a distinct period, problematic, or performance tradition. The emphasis here is on mastery of a body of literature and theory pertaining to a specific field.
C: Pedagogy and Professionalization
This seminar is taught every second year, over an entire year (meeting every second week, 3 cr). It introduces students to the academic profession through a series of focused workshops on pedagogy (ethics, politics, and practice), professional protocols (publishing, job search, conferences), and forms of professional writing (grants, abstracts, statements of teaching philosophy, etc.).
This seminar is taught every second year (3 cr). It focuses on the contested nature of historical (theatre/performance) knowledge, and introduces students to idea of historiography defined as an ethical exploration of the encounter with the Other (the past, the writing of history, the archive, the event, the fact, the object) that questions relations of knowledge and power, as well as the current apparatus of inquiry and interpretation.