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Master of Arts in Theater Arts University of California, Santa Cruz


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Our M.A. program serves as a bridge from undergraduate work to professional work in a range of performance-related fields. It also places students in an excellent position to pursue further graduate academic work, such as an M.F.A. or Ph.D.

The degree does not require students to focus exclusively on one aspect of theater-making. Instead, we encourage students to explore performance from a broad perspective, and then to hone in on one capstone project that will test them to the best of their abilities. These projects have included practice-focused and scholarly-based research in Directing, Performance, Design, Technical Theater and Stage Management, Dramaturgy, and Dramatic Literature.

The Master of Arts degree combines intellectually rigorous coursework with challenging artistic practice. Like our undergraduate curriculum, our graduate program integrates the study of ancient and modern theater texts and practices, and it examines diverse approaches to performance. It encourages collaboration, initiative, and cross-disciplinary thinking.

Coursework for the M.A. in Theater Arts

Students are required to complete 40 units for the M.A. in Theater Arts. This includes three graduate seminars (THEA 290A, THEA 290B, and THEA 290C), for a total of 15 units. These courses are required of all M.A. candidates, regardless of their area of emphasis. Students must also complete THEA 293, a 10-unit Performance Research Project that includes a professional internship project. Students may take this course in any quarter in the academic year, though it is advised that the internship portion be completed during the summer before the regular M.A. program begins. This work will be supervised and assessed by a Theater Arts faculty member.

Students must also complete the 5-unit courses THEA 295 Group Critique, THEA 294 Future Stages, and THEA 299 Capstone Thesis.

In addition, students may elect to take an optional Independent Study (THEA 297) undergraduate upper-division course in Theater Arts or a graduate course in another department. These courses must be approved by the Graduate Committee and Graduate Director.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Master of Arts in Theater Arts.

Full Time (40 Units)

Tuition fees

$11,442.00 (8,49,746) per year


03 Jan, 30 Mar


Division of the Arts

UC Santa Cruz,

1156 High Street,



95064, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Student must have a four-year bachelor's degree at an English-speaking institution.

English Language Testing

For those choosing to take the TOEFL, a minimum score on the paper-based TOEFL of 550, or 220 on the computer-based test, or 83 on the internet-based test is required for admission.

For those choosing to take the IELTS, a minimum overall score of 7 from the IELTS test is required for admission.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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