MA - Theatre and Dance

The Master of Arts in Theatre and Dance is a three-year, part-time program of advanced studies in theatre and dance, designed to provide specialized training in:

  • Research methods
  • Professional practice
  • Pedagogical foundations of teaching artistry

The program equips artists, educators and community workers with practical knowledge and research skills necessary for effective engagement of communities through arts experiences.  Bringing together the most current theories and practices of arts engagement, students will be trained in an environment that fosters cultural sensitivity, problem-solving skills and ensemble-based thinking and creativity.  With this degree, students may continue or pursue careers in teaching artistry, arts administration, arts advocacy and arts entrepreneurship.

The MA in Theatre and Dance is offered in two formats in order to provide the most flexibility for students who are working professionals and those living outside the Detroit metro area. All required courses are delivered online. Students who elect the fully online format can complete the program entirely through online courses and telecommuting with their major professors. Students who select the "hybrid" format will complete the program by combining online required courses with face-to-face elective classes. Students in both tracks have the option of completing their degree either with an Essay or a Thesis.

Theatre and Dance (M.A.) Curriculum

An arts teacher works with young learnersAdmissions

Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School.

Admission Requirements

A minimum of fifteen semester credits in the area of specilization (theatre, dance, a related field, or some combination therein) is required.

Step one: Apply for Graduate Admission to Wayne State University

When you are asked to pick your major, please select one of the two codes below from the drop-down menu:

  • Theatre and Dance-MA (for the hybrid program)
  • Theatre and Dance-MA-on-line (for the fully online program)

Step two: Provide Supplemental Materials

When you apply for Graduate Admission through the WSU Graduate School, you will be asked to provide the following supplemental materials.

  1. Personal Statement & Statement of Objectives: Please upload one document that contains a 500 word personal statement followed by a 500 word statement of objectives.  In your personal statement, please discuss your academic and professional background and how it has prepared you for admission to the program.  In your statement of objectives, please articulate how your current academic and professional goals are related to the program, placing special emphasis on where and in what capacity you will carry out the field work projects contained in some coursework.
  2. Two Letters of Recommendation. At least one letter of recommendation must be from the coordinator or administrator where your fieldwork projects will be carried out.

An interview (in-person or skype) will be required for selected applicants.

Note: Due to issues with state authorization of distance education, effective July 8, 2014, we are unable to admit online students from the District of Columbia (DC) and the state of Wisconsin.  This admissions moratorium will remain in effect until further notice.


Dr. Doug Risner, Co-Director, Theatre and Dance (M.A.) -