Research in the area of theatre history, theory and literature. Opportunities in theatre production, including acting, directing, dramaturgy and design. Credit for course work outside the department that relates to particular research interests may apply to total required for the degree.

Degrees Offered

MA, MA/MBA, PhD, Certificate in Applied Shakespeare

Degree Details

The non-thesis track MA requires demonstrated proficiency in two areas: academic coursework and the final exam (written and oral). The thesis track MA requires demonstrated proficiency in three areas: academic coursework, the thesis and the final exam (oral). The minimum requirement for the MA is 30 credit hours, at least 24 of which must be completed at the 5000 level or above.

The MBA/MA in theatre program is a dual degree program. Students will take 24 credit hours of THDN coursework and 43 credit hours of MBA coursework.

Students will apply either to the Department of Theatre and Dance for the MA degree program or to the Leeds School of Business for the MBA degree program. Having been accepted, they will take a full year of required classes in that degree program. During the first year they will apply to the other degree program. Upon acceptance, they will take a full year of required courses in the other degree program. Coursework in the third year will be divided between both degree programs. 

Students could apply for both programs simultaneously, in which case: 

  1. Students must apply to and meet the application requirements for each program separately
  2. Students must meet the admissions standards for each program separately 
  3. Dual degree students may start either program first; however, in the first year of the dual degree program, courses are taken in one of the two departments exclusively, and in the second year courses are taken in the other department exclusively.

The PhD requires demonstrated proficiency in four areas: academic coursework, reading competency in at least one foreign language, the comprehensive exam and the dissertation. Thirty course credit hours are required. All must be of graduate rank (5000 level or above). In addition, 30 dissertation credits are required.

Graduate Certificate in Applied Shakespeare

The graduate certificate in Applied Shakespeare is a new program, beginning with its first cohort in Spring 2017. Co-housed by Theatre and Dance, English Literature and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival; the certificate begins with an online two-week course in the spring followed by a fully immersive two-week course at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival during the summer. Learn more about the certificate.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must:

  1. Complete the Online Admission Application.
  2. Provide current GRE scores.
  3. Provide three or more letters of recommendation.
  4. Provide a sample of critical or analytical writing (10-20 pages).
  5. Show evidence of theatre performance, and/or production experience (current resume or CV).
  6. Have an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75.
  7. Financial Statement for International Applicants must be submitted

  8. For International Applicants, TOEFL scores must be submitted (minimum TOEFL score is 550).

Applicant Instructions

Applicants must visit the department website for detailed application instructions:




Fall Domestic Application Deadline

December 15, 2016

Fall International Application Deadline

December 1, 2016

Contact Information

University of Colorado Boulder
Department of Theatre & Dance
Theatre C132
261 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0261
Phone: 303-492-7356
Fax: 303-492-7722

Department of Theatre & Dance website