Degree Plans

The Performance as Public Practice Program offers three degree programs: M.A., M.F.A. and Ph.D. Students with only an undergraduate degree must apply to either the M.A. or the M.F.A. degree program; an M.A. or M.F.A. is required for admission directly to the Ph.D. Students who finish the M.A. or the M.F.A. program may apply to continue on to the Ph.D. program; decided on a case-by-case basis. All students in our program take specific core courses, but emphasis is placed on interdisciplinarity by requiring a variety of elective courses within and outside our department and at least one practice-focused course. Students determine their own research foci and goals in collaboration with their advisor and the faculty.  

The M.A. is generally considered a preparatory degree. The two-year program prepares you to move on to a Ph.D. degree program or for certain kinds of professional, artistic, organizational and academic work in the field. The M.A. degree requires 36 credit hours and culminates in a significant, written thesis project.

The M.F.A. is a unique, individually-defined, three-year program geared toward artists (directors, choreographers, performance makers, etc.) or arts organizers who are interested in exploring new methods for integrating research, writing, performance practice and arts policy and for deepening the historical, theoretical, social, political and analytical aspects of their work. The culminating thesis project includes a practical component and written thesis. The M.F.A. degree is a terminal degree that qualifies you to work in a variety of academic, organizational, artistic and professional settings. The M.F.A. degree requires 60 credit hours.

The Ph.D. degree is an advanced, terminal degree that is typically completed in five years (or 10 semesters). The degree qualifies you to teach at the university level or to work in a variety of other academic, organizational, artistic and professional settings. The Ph.D. requires 72 credit hours and the completion of a written dissertation.