Program: M.A., Theatre


The M.A. Degree Program is designed to enrich the student’s aesthetic and intellectual needs in the areas of theatrical production, theatre history, literature and criticism, and to provide pre-professional training. As a lab for the formal training in the classroom, undergraduate students are required to participate in Department-sponsored production activities each semester. Theatre CSUN functions as the department’s formal producing organization. Eight or more full-length productions of dramas, musicals and operas are cast, rehearsed and mounted annually by faculty, staff, students and guest artists. These productions are available for student participants on an audition or volunteer basis. All aspects of the Program are carefully coordinated with the theatre curriculum.

Program Requirements

Required for Admission to Classified Graduate Status in the Program:

  1. Baccalaureate Degree and a minimum of 24 units of Upper Division Theatre courses, normally distributed as follows:
    1. Acting (3 units);
    2. Directing (3 units);
    3. Theatre Design/Technology (6 units); and
    4. Theatre History/Literature/Criticism (12 units).
  2. University requirements for Classified Graduate Status.
  3. Successful completion of Departmental qualifying procedures.

Note: Students should consult with the Department concerning GRE requirement.

Requirements for the M.A. Degree

Minimum of 30 units of approved courses, distributed as follows:

1. TH 600 Seminar in Research Methods and Bibliography in Theatre (3)

2. Choose 2 courses from the following (6 units):

TH 620 Seminar in Theatre History (3)
TH 621 Seminar in Theatrical Literature (3)
TH 625 Seminar in Popular Theatre and Entertainment (3)

3. Choose 2 courses from the following (6 units):

TH 630 Seminar in Theatre Aesthetics (3)
TH 640 Seminar in Acting and Directing (3)
TH 670 Seminar in Child Drama (3)

4. Choose 12 units from the following:

TH 695A-Z Theories in Drama and Theatre (3-3-3)
TH 699 Independent Study (1-3, 1-3)

600-level courses not selected for credit under sections 2 and 3 above (3, 3).

Approved 400- and 500-level courses not taken for undergraduate credit or for admission to Classified Graduate status (3, 3, 3, 3).

With the prior written approval of the student’s permanent graduate advisor, up to 6 units of courses in section 4 may be taken in related fields.

5. TH 698 Thesis or Graduate Project (3)

**Students planning to continue Graduate Study in Theatre in a Doctoral Program are advised to also attain proficiency in a foreign language or competency in statistics.

More information

If you would like more information about this program, please contact


Chair: Garry Lennon
Nordhoff Hall (NH) 110
(818) 677-3086

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will develop competent research skills.
  2. Students will develop competent critical thinking and writing abilities.
  3. Students will develop competent knowledge of world theatre history, literature, and criticism.
  4. Students will demonstrate abilities to apply and integrate skills and knowledge into their professional development.