The PhD program in theatre arts is the terminal degree for those interested in theatre scholarship as well as theatre practice. PhD students take two years of coursework—including some outside the department—to prepare for qualifying examinations.
Shortly following exams, students complete and must have their committee approve a prospectus for the dissertation, which must be completed six years following advancement to candidacy.
In addition to coursework and dissertation research/writing, we anticipate that PhD students to demonstrate advanced competency and progress in at least one area of theatre practice, such as directing, dramaturgy, etc.
PhD students must also prove reading/translation competence in a foreign language—unless already demonstrated at the MA level—and a second research tool relevant to their dissertation research.
Program may not have openings each year.
Application at a Glance
You apply for admission through your program. Detailed instructions are available on the program’s website. The following are required for your application:
- Official Transcripts
- English Language Proficiency Requirement
- Financial Verification for International Applicants
Program-Specific Application Requirements:
- Letters of Recommendation
- Statement of Purpose
- Writing Sample