As You Like It

'As You Like It' by William Shakespeare

The MA/MBA in theatre and performance studies program is a dual degree program, and its curriculum is best conceived that way.



According to Graduate School guidelines, the MA requires 30 credit hours, 24 of which must be at the 5000 level or above (6 may be at the 3000 or 4000 level but all must be taught by members of the graduate faculty).  Not all of these hours are required to be in THDN.  Students in the MA/MBA in theatre program will be required to take 24 credits hours in THDN courses (with one MUSC option), all taught by members of CU’s graduate faculty, according to the following scheme:

THTR 6009                  Research Strategies and Techniques (1 credit)
THTR 5011                  Theory and Criticism (3 credits)
      or THTR 5010       Introduction to Performance Studies
      or DNCE 6047      Seminar in Dance
THTR 5085                  Theatre Management (3 credits)
      or MUSC 5968      Arts Entrepreneurship
      or DNCE 6056      Professional Development
THTR 4061                  Directing (3 credits)
      or THTR 6071       Advanced Directing (depending on experience)
Various                         THTR or DNCE practicums/internships (3-6 credits)
Various                         Independent Studies/Electives in THTR or DNCE (2-6 credits)
                                                                                                                           18 credit hours total

and two of the following (3 credit hours each):

DNCE 5048        Performance and Community Engagement
THTR 6011         On-Stage Studies: Global Ancient and Classical Theatre
THTR 6021         On-Stage Studies: Shakespeare
THTR 6031         On-Stage Studies: American Theatre
THTR 6041         On-Stage Studies: Global Modern Theatre
THTR 6111         On-Stage Studies: Global Contemporary Theatre
                                                                                                                              6 credit hours total

For a total of 24 THDN credit hours of coursework. 

To achieve the 30 credit hours required for the Theatre and Performance Studies MA degree, the Graduate School will allow 6 hours of B (3.0) or better coursework taken in the College of Business to count toward the 30 credit hours required for the MA.



Students in the MA/MBA program follow the THTR MA Handbook for the MA portion of the dual degree.  



The MBA degree requires 55 credit hours.  The prescribed core curriculum is:                                                                                                                                                

MBAC 6000           Socially Responsible Enterprise (3 credits)
MBAC 6011           Managerial Economics 1 (1.5 credits)  
MBAC 6012           Managerial Economics 2 (1.5 credits)    
MBAC 6020           Financial Accounting (3 credits)    
MBAC 6030           Quantitative Methods (1.5 credits)  
MBAC 6050           Strategy (3 credits)    
MBAC 6060           Corporate Finance (3 credits)    
MBAC 6080           Decision Modeling and Applications (3 credits)    
MBAC 6090           Marketing Management (3 credits)    
MBAC 6098           Professional Development 1 (1 credit)    
MBAC 6099           Professional Development 2 (1.5 credits)  
Six Business School Electives - including one Organizational Management Course    (18 credits)

For a total of 43 credit hours of MBA coursework. 

To achieve the 55 credit hours required for the MBA degree, the Graduate School will allow 12 hours of B (3.0) or better coursework taken in the Department of Theatre & Dance to count toward the 55 credit hours required for the MBA.

To link to the page for the Leeds School of Business Dual Degree page click here.



Students will apply either to the Department of Theatre & 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.

Note: residents of Western states, including Alaska and Hawaii, may be eligible for in-state tuition for this dual degree program, provided the student applies to and is accepted to both programs in the same admissions cycle. For more information on the Western Regional Graduate Program please visit

Please follow the instructions on this website to apply to the MA degree program in Theatre and Performance Studies.

Please follow the instructions on the Leeds School of Business Admissions website to apply to the MBA in Business.