M.A. Program of Study


The Master of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies can serve as the preparatory degree for the Ph.D., or as a terminal degree for students seeking greater exposure to theatre and performance studies beyond the undergraduate degree.

M.A. Requirements (30 Credits, 24 credits minimum in ITS-related courses)

  • Proseminar: Introduction to Research in Theatre: All students must take this course in the fall semester of their first year as part of their 30 credits. 
This course introduces students to significant methodological and professional issues surrounding theatre history, theatre and performance theory, and dramatic literature.
  • Significant participation in an approved theatre production or performance event as dramaturg, director, assistant director, stage manager, assistant stage manager, actor, designer, or technician.
  • Thesis. A candidate for the M.A. degree must choose an advisor from among the core faculty before the end of the second semester of study, and prepare a thesis under his/her guidance. The thesis should represent independent research carried out by the student in consultation with the advisor, and two other committee members with expertise in the area. Students enroll in 5-8 credit hours while completing their thesis.
  • A one-hour oral defense of the thesis. At the defense, the student explains the contribution of the thesis to the field of study, and responds to questions and critiques by the thesis committee. A successful defense is necessary for completion of the M.A. degree.

M.A. Program Timeline.

The M.A. program is designed to be completed in 3-4 semesters of full-time study.


Please refer to the ITS Handbook 2017-2018 for more complete program information.