Do you dream of seeing your name on a Broadway marquee? Maybe you plan to sing and dance on stages all over the world — or watch others bring your work to life as a choreographer or director? The University of Central Missouri’s well-respected Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre will help you achieve your goals and embark on a satisfying career in this area of the performing arts.
UCM’s Musical Theatre alumni work all over the globe
The bachelor’s degree in Musical Theatre program at UCM is designed to give you the concrete skills you’ll need to stand out at auditions. You’ll benefit from our faculty’s breadth of knowledge and professional expertise and make valuable connections to find your perfect role in the exciting world of musical theatre.
Located near Kansas City theaters
NAST-accredited Theatre program
Low student-to-faculty ratio
Opportunities to showcase your work
Many theatre groups on and off campus
NYC field trips and master classes
UCM’s Musical Theatre majors have many opportunities to create and collaborate on
outstanding stage productions. You’ll study the historical, cultural and stylistic
dimensions of musical theatre while mastering the technical skills necessary to present
works to the public.
Your core courses and electives will be both broad and thorough. Some of the courses you may take include:
Musical Theatre Laboratory: Work directly with industry professionals to hone your craft, workshop scenes and prepare your audition books for career opportunities.
Musical Theatre Dance: Gain performance skills in a variety of styles of musical theatre dance choreography in this practice-focused course covering basic musical theatre dance concepts.
Senior Showcase: Put on a public showcase for industry professionals and casting directors — on campus and in Kansas City — to present your acting, singing and dancing skills.
By the time you graduate from UCM’s Musical Theatre program, you’ll have a firm foundation in the quality and aesthetics of musical theatre and be ready to embark on an exciting career.
All students applying for our BFA Theatre Performance degree must audition for consideration. Upon acceptance by the UCM Office of Admissions, you should fill out the UCM Theatre & Dance Admission Form and contact our Performance advisor to schedule your interview. To ensure a strong and successful audition, please carefully read the guidelines below and bring the appropriate materials to the audition.
On the day of your audition please bring with you:
As you’re earning your BFA degree in Musical Theatre at the University of Central Missouri, diverse on- and off-stage experiences will prepare you to achieve your career goals:
Careers in musical theatre range widely — from being the lead vocalist in a regional theatre production to choreographing dancers for show choirs and more. If you want to play a role under the bright lights, UCM’s BFA degree in Musical Theatre will help you reach for the stars.
UCM graduates with a Musical Theatre degree excel both on stage and behind the scenes in a variety of careers. You could land a role in a Broadway production or tour with an acclaimed regional theatre company. Our alumni work as singers, actors and dancers on cruise ships and at theme parks. If you’re interested in a backstage role, you could become a choreographer or musical director.
The skills you’ll master can open doors to creating commercials, videos and promotions for industry and entertainment leaders. UCM’s BFA degree in Musical Theatre also prepares you to be a private teacher or to continue your studies in a graduate program.
A Musical Theatre degree from UCM opens up a diverse range of career options
Use the interactive tool below to learn more about potential career pathways and salaries available to you with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre.
The University of Central Missouri offers several resources to help you finance your college education and keep your student debt and college costs low.
Beyond the general scholarships and awards available through UCM, you may be eligible for scholarships reserved for students in the Musical Theatre program, including:
Learn more about program-specific scholarships by using the UCM Scholarship Finder.
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If you’re interested in theatre but still not sure where you’d like to concentrate your interests at UCM, consider these related undergraduate degree programs: