In addition to meeting the requirements of the university, of the College of Arts and Letters, and of the Department of Theatre, students must meet the requirements specified below.
To be admitted to the Master of Arts degree program in theatre on regular status, an applicant must have a bachelor's degree in theatre, or have completed the courses in theatre that are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre at Michigan State University or their equivalents.
The student's guidance committee should be constituted by the end of the student's second semester of enrollment in the program. The committee determines an appropriate program of study in consultation with the student.
Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree in Theatre
The program is available under both Plan A (with thesis) and Plan B (without thesis). The student should select Plan A or Plan B by the end of the second semester of enrollment in the program. Students who plan to pursue a doctoral program after completing the Master of Arts degree should select Plan A.
A total of 30 credits is required for the degree under either Plan A or Plan B. The student's program of study must be approved by the student's guidance committee. The student must meet the requirements specified below.
Requirements for Both Plan A and Plan B
All of the following courses (18 credits):
THR 813 Period Resources and Research (3)
THR 830 Introduction to Graduate Studies (3)
THR 831 Studies in Theatre History (3)
THR 832 Studies in Comparative Theatre and Drama (6)
THR 833 Contemporary Issues of Theatrical Theory and Criticism (3)
Additional Requirements for Plan A
- Four credits of THR 899 Master's Thesis Research.
- Eight additional credits in courses approved by the student's guidance committee.
- Pass an oral examination in defense of the thesis.
Additional Requirements for Plan B
- Twelve additional credits in courses approved by the student's guidance committee.
- Pass a written and oral final certifying examination.