The graduate program in theater at Western Illinois University (WIU) offers the M.F.A. degree in the areas of acting, directing, costume design, lighting design and scene design. A balanced plan of study involving a minimum of 62 semester hours of classroom, studio, and production work is required for the degree. The programs in acting and directing are designed to be completed in three academic years (which includes one semester of touring theater during the candidate's third year and one summer of residency with an approved summer stock theatre or with WIU's Summer Music Theatre). The programs in costume, scenery, and lighting design/technology are designed to be completed in three years and one summer or two years and one summer if the candidate has no significant deficiencies. The department offers assistantships and tuition waivers.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission