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UCM Department of Theatre and Dance Testimonial
UCM Department of Theatre and Dance Testimonial
UCM Department of Theatre and Dance Testimonial
UCM Department of Theatre and Dance Testimonial
UCM Department of Theatre and Dance Testimonial


Master of Arts Degree in Theatre

The Program 

The Master of Arts Degree in Theatre at University of Central Missouri offers a blend of academic courses and production training. This 32-hour degree program, with a thesis or research paper option, has four distinct objectives:

  1. To provide a foundation of graduate course work and research for students planning to pursue a Ph.D. degree in Theatre. 
  2. To provide training and experience for students currently teaching or planning to teach at the secondary or college level. 
  3. To prepare students to enter the professional theatre world through increased professional competence. 
  4. To provide graduate training and experience in theatre for those not seeking an advanced degree, but desiring further education and personal enrichment. 

Academic Requirements

The Master of Arts in Theatre degree program offers courses in critical, historical, literary, and theoretical studies of theatre, while additionally offering opportunities for the study and practice of theatrical production. Required graduate courses constitute 18-24 hours of the degree program. Remaining hours are comprised of graduate electives in theatre. Courses are offered both in the nine month academic year and up to nine hours of coursework is offered as part of the summer schedule. Secondary education teachers can feasibly complete their program in three summers with additional course credit received for production projects completed within their own high school production program during the academic year. Each student is required to complete either a thesis or two research papers as a part of this program. These can be in the area of theatre history/literature, dramatic criticism, or related to the design, direction, or performance of a production.  The student must also pass both a written and an oral comprehensive examination upon completion of the program.

Production Opportunities 

Graduate students are provided numerous opportunities to be a part of the Theatre Department production program. Each year there are four Mainstage productions, a Children's Theatre production, and several Studio Theatre productions.  Many graduate students serve as actors, designers, or assistant directors/stage managers in the Mainstage and Children's Theatre production program.  The Black Box experimental theatre program provides opportunities for graduate students to develop their skills as directors, performers, and playwrights. During the summer, students have the opportunity to work with Central Missouri Repertory, a professional summer theatre company that performs on campus and also tours with a children's show throughout west-central Missouri.


The applicant must have completed an undergraduate degree in theatre with a minimum 2.50 GPA. Students who do not have an undergraduate degree in theatre must complete a minimum of 15 hours of undergraduate theatre credit in addition to their graduate hours.  An online application to The Graduate School is also available.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Central Missouri offers more than $4 million in merit-based scholarships and awards to students each year. Within the department, graduate students can apply for the Charles and Laura Keynon Kuhn scholarship and for graduate assistantships. The Kuhn scholarship carries a stipend of $1,000. The Theatre Department has two assistantships available: 

Graduate Teaching Assistantship 
Scene Shop Graduate Assistantship 

A full assistantship currently carries a stipend and a fee waiver of both in-state and out-of-state graduate course work fees. In addition to department based scholarships, the Graduate School has numerous scholarships and financial aid available. 

For additional information, a graduate catalog, and application forms, contact:

Julie Rae Mollenkamp, Graduate Coordinator
Theatre Department, Martin 113
University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Office:  660-543-4020
Fax:  660-543-8006