The theatre MA program has two tracks. One requires students to write a substantial research document demonstrating mature critical thought and based on independent study and investigation (graduate school plan I). This “thesis track” MA prepares students to pursue a PhD degree; students choose this track if they wish to be considered for the department’s doctoral program. Students who do not plan to pursue a PhD can elect the nonthesis track, which requires a written exam covering graduate course work (graduate school plan II).
The PhD in Theatre is designed for those who intend to be theatre scholars working in an academic environment. CUBoulder’s program is unique in its commitment to an “on stage” approach to the history, theory and practice of theatre. “Stage” is defined liberally in order to be inclusive of performance traditions from around the world and contemporary performance inventions. The department encourages PhD students to engage in the practice of theatre while at CU either as directors, dramaturges, writers, performers or through applied theatre. Graduates will: demonstrate proficiency in academic course work, exhibit reading competency in at least one foreign language, pass a comprehensive exam and prepare and defend a dissertation.