What will I learn?

Our Master of Fine Arts in Production Management program provides developing theatre professionals with the opportunity to cultivate their artistic identities while refining and enhancing their craft.

Our program seeks to:

Enhance artistic expression, communication, and production skills through hands-on, mentored production experience within a wide range of production opportunities and classroom instruction.
Explore creative collaborations with directors, actors, designers, and playwrights.
Create new forms of theatrical expression for the next generation.

MFA Production Management students are being prepared for substantive careers as theatre artists. Training includes a rigorous curriculum, production opportunities, and collaboration with professionals through our Professional Theatre Initiative. Students are mentored by working professional faculty and advisors.

Curriculum Highlights

In-depth classroom instruction in artistic, practical, and skills applications of production for the art of theatre.
Production opportunities in multiple venues and multiple genres.
Preparation and execution of a thesis that represents the culminating of three years of study.
Opportunity to work on productions with companies through our Professional Theatre Initiative (PTI).
A “theatre management” option is available that joins the MFA Production Management curricula with a graduate certificate program in Arts Administration at Boston University’s Metropolitan College.

Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate management skills in: personnel, finances, scheduling, collaboration, and problem solving.
Demonstrate an open, collaborative leadership style that supports a rehearsal and production environment and encourages creative exploration.
Demonstrate best professional practices for the facilitation of the design and production process.
Demonstrate competency in each of the major areas of theatrical production: scenery, costumes, lighting, and sound.
Demonstrate proficiency in Production Management sufficient to successfully obtain a professional position in the performing arts field.

Which department am I in?

College of Fine Arts

Study options

Full Time (60 credits)

Tuition fees
US$27,386.00 per year
Start date

Expected September 2019


College of Fine Arts

855 Commonwealth Avenue,



02215, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants with a four-year bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university or with equivalent international education may apply for admission. Other English Language Requirements: TOEFL Paper Based score of at least 550.

For international students

By completing a degree from an institution in which English was the language of instruction before the time of enrollment at BU.

TOEFL score of at least 90-100 and scores of 20 or higher on each subsection.

The IELTS minimum score is 7.0.

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