What will I learn?

Performance is the key to everything we do. Our graduate programs teach in a comprehensive and immersive style. You’ll receive hands-on experience and training by leading scholars and theatre professionals. Our courses will keep you engaged with on-your-feet theatre learning.

Your graduate studies will be in a dynamic research environment. You’ll work with a diverse group of students in small classes. You’ll receive real mentorship and support from our renowned faculty. You'll use our facilities and technical excellence and make the shows of your dreams come to life.

Study the rich history and theory of theatre in a practical environment. We encourage you to focus your thesis on theory, but other research is also possible. You can research a wide variety of topics: Greek tragedy to Broadway musicals, dance to opera, indigenous theatre to theatre technology. You can discuss your research interests with your potential supervisor.

Areas of focus:

  • Design and production
  • Theatre history
  • Applied theatre
  • Directing

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Fine Arts

Study options

Full Time (5 years)

Tuition fees
Estimate tuition fee: CAN $5,074 (2 terms)
Start date

Expected September 2022


Faculty of Fine Arts

University of Victoria,

3800 Finnerty Road, Building Fine Arts, Room 116,


British Columbia (BC),

V8P 5C2, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The normal minimum for admission to the PhD degree are: Sufficient undergraduate and graduate educational background in law. An average of A- (7.0 GPA), first class standing, or equivalent in a Master's degree. English language requirement: The minimum acceptable iBT TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score for acceptance is 100 (with no score of less than 20 on each component of the test). The minimum acceptable IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score is an overall score of at least Band 7.0 with no score of less than 7.0 on each academic component of the test.

For international students

Applicants must have completed an acceptable master’s degree (or equivalent) from an institution recognized by UVic. Any requirements specific to your program of study. Or you may be considered if you have the equivalent of an A- average in the last two years of a bachelor’s degree.

English Language requirements:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) - Require a minimum of 90 with the following minimum section requirements: Listening 20; Speaking 20; Reading 20; Writing 20. The minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 575 on the paper-based test. Individual departments may set a higher standard.
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - A minimum Overall Band Score of 6.5, with no score of less than 6.0 on each individual component on the Academic IELTS is required.
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) - A score of 90 on the MELAB will be accepted

Application deadlines: International students: apply by February 1 for September entry. All supporting material must be submitted to the Department of Theatre by February 1.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.