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M.A. Theatre Arts

Course Description

Theatre Studies Specialization

If your career goals involve teaching in higher education or pursuing a PhD in theatre history, research, literature, or criticism, this MA in Theatre Studies is for you!

This program is designed to build the research and analytical skills you will need for an academic career in theatre. This resident program will unite you with a select group of students where you will work as an academic community under outstanding faculty mentors. With opportunities for hands-on teaching, and theatre research, this program offers the perfect blend of theory and practice needed to prepare you for your next move as a theatre scholar.

Theatre Production Specialization

If you are a teacher, or other working professional, seeking advancement in their current environment and beyond without having leave your current position, this summer-residency program is for you!

This program is specifically designed around your professional work schedule with courses offered annually in July and a culminating project at your own venue, using your own resources. You can join their ranks and be one of the participants learning new skills to take back to the classroom, making life-long friends and networking with other theatre artists and educators from across the nation and the world, all while earning a degree that will benefit your career. Don't wait another summer!

Why an MA in Theatre Studies at CWU?

Curriculum designed to prepare you for entering a Ph.D. program and a career in higher education teaching/research
Work within an academic community of resident MA candidates
Hands-on dramaturgical experience in production with Central Theatre Ensemble
Professional dramaturgical research opportunities count towards your degree
Outstanding faculty mentors help you achieve your career goals
Departmental and university support for presentation of your scholarly research at regional and national conferences
Affordable tuition
Resident teaching and research assistantships available each year
Out-of-state tuition waivers available for qualified candidates
The Master of Arts in Theatre Studies is an academic-year residency graduate program.

Visit the M.A. Theatre Arts page on the Central Washington University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Olabode Makinde

4561.jpg “I have enjoyed my time here thus far, and I hope to enjoy the rest of my time here. My overall experience here has been very good, I have made a lot of friends here and most of them are from different countries. I think that CWU offers a highly inclusive environment where everyone can feel comfortable in. Most of my teachers are my mentors and they are always there whenever I need them. I would advise anyone to wonder CWU strongly for their international studies since it provides the best value for the tuition charged.”

(Student Profile)

David Uribe

4565.jpg “The things that I must enjoy from the Master in Geological Sciences is the high quality faculty and their connection with faculty from other universities around the world. The fact of being a small student group make the faculty pay you more attention, being one of their main priorities.”


International Student Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

CWU's international student scholarship awards international graduate students tuition scholarships up to $9200 per academic year based on current tuition rates. This award is merit based and award amounts vary. This award is renewable each academic year at CWU as student continues to meet scholarship requirements, including high grades.

Value of Scholarship(s)

up to $9200 per academic year


This is a merit-based tuition scholarship specifically for international graduate students. No separate application is necessary.

Application Procedure

No separate application is required. This scholarship is automatically awarded.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Please see website for more details

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