This program is a scholarly two-year degree. Students should be in residence for the duration of the program. The coursework consists of a core of history/theory classes supplemented by electives chosen by the student in conjunction with her/his advisor. The program wraps up with comprehensive exams and the writing of a solid scholarly thesis. There are two possible emphases: Theatre History and Critical Studies, or Media Arts Education.
The Theatre History and Critical Studies emphasis is meant to springboard students into either teaching at the community college level or further graduate studies at a PhD level. It includes intensive reading of dramatic literature and contemporary scholarship, critical study of both linguistic and social theories, writing for presentation and publication, and opportunities for dramaturgy training. The best writing samples for the application are papers dealing with critical analysis of theatre. They could be advanced undergraduate papers or published articles.
While we encourage our Master's students to support their academic endeavors with practical theatre (or more limited media arts) experience, the program is centered on scholarship, not on production.
The Media Arts Education emphasis is primarily designed for students who are already full-time secondary education teachers or individuals who would like to pursue a PhD in media education. Students who are interested in educational outreach and media literacy advocacy in various public settings should apply. Most classes are offered in the evening and during the spring and summer. Writing samples for the application should be advanced undergraduate research or analytical essays.