Master of Art Programs in Theater studies

Compare 30 Master of Art Programs in Theater studies

The MA, or Master of Arts, program is typically a two-year course of study that follows completion of the bachelor’s program. In some cases, the program can be compressed into one year. This advanced degree allows students to further hone their talents and skills, leading them to greater professional opportunities and success.

What is an MA in Theatre? Students in this field of study may find that their program focuses on contemporary theory, practical experiences, and exposure to artists with their own successful careers. Courses typically involve opportunities to perform, direct, observe, and learn through small seminars or personal tutorials. Courses may focus on dramaturgy, advanced acting, advanced directing, theoretical perspectives, historiography, and theatre research.

Students in the MA of Theatre program often find that their course of study is tailored to fit their specific goals. They have access to talented professionals in all areas of theatre, including set design, directing, and acting itself. Graduates enjoy putting these benefits to use as they compete for the most desired jobs.

The cost of completing the MA of Theatre program will vary from one school to another. This is especially true as prospective students recognize the availability of schools all around the world. Individual students should seek specific information from the schools that they are considering.

With plenty of experience in all areas of the theatre, graduates are prepared to find employment as directors, actors, playwrights, producers, designers, and teachers. They have the option to continue with their studies as they pursue either a Ph.D. or an M.F.A. in theatre. Some students will find jobs working with private theatre groups, and others may go on to work in movies or television. The master’s degree opens up many possibilities for graduates that they would not have accessed without an advanced course of study.


In order to find the program that is the best fit for your situation, review the information provided in our extensive program listings. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form. 

30 Results in Theater studies

Master in Performance Studies

NYU | Tisch
Campus Full-time 1 year September 2019 USA New York

What does it mean 'to perform', and what does performance do? Located in the heart of New York City's vibrant art scene, Performance Studies at NYU is dedicated to the analysis and study of cultural enactments of all kinds, and to understand how they can produce meaningful change. Combining an interdisciplinary range of approaches including feminist and queer theory, critical race theory, cultural studies and other intersectional modes of analysis, with an equally diverse range of research methods, Performance Studies offers graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to explore and think critically about the world-making power of performance in theater, performance art, dance, sound/music, visual and installation art, activism, and online, as well as in the performance of 'everyday life'.

Master of Arts in Set Design

Rome University of Fine Arts (RUFA)
Campus 2 years October 2019 Italy Rome

You will further refine your training to a high degree of technical and design specialization. Throughout your entire course of study, you will be supported by a well-structured, constantly updated cycle of joint efforts, internships and work placements with leading proponents in the world of Italian set design.

MA in Musical Theatre

Goldsmiths, University of London
Campus Full-time Part-time 1 - 2 years September 2019 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This unique MA will enhance your critical understanding of the musical theatre as a popular entertainment genre.

MA/MFA in Theatre Education and Applied Theatre

Emerson College
Campus Full-time Part-time 1.5 - 2.5 years September 2019 USA Boston + 1 more

Learn the art of teaching theatre with our Master of Arts in Theatre Education and Applied Theatre and our Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Education and Applied Theatre. As one of the largest programs of its kind in the country, we’ll prepare you to create both theatre and learning experiences that transform lives and communities. With two tracks of study, Theatre Teacher Education or Theatre and Community, our courses integrate theory and reflective practice and give you the opportunity to develop skills and expand your knowledge in the art of theatre, the principles of teaching and learning in theatre, and the practices of applied drama and theatre.

MA in Directing Animation

National Film and Television School
Campus Full-time 2 years January 2020 United Kingdom Beaconsfield

This unique two-year course is designed to equip you with the skills to write, direct and animate award-winning films.

Master in Contemporary Theatre, Dance and Dramaturgy

Utrecht University
Campus Full-time Part-time 1 year September 2019 Netherlands Utrecht + 1 more

Contemporary performance practices are increasingly hybrid projects that approach and transcend the borders of theatre, dance, visual arts, music, media and daily life. Theatre and dance are inextricably linked with other media that shape our reality; they extend beyond the theatre’s walls and inject themselves into our daily lives.

MA in Shakespeare and Education (on campus or by distance learning)

University of Birmingham - College of Arts and Law
Campus Online Online & Campus Combined Full-time Part-time 1 - 3 years September 2019 United Kingdom Birmingham + 3 more

The Shakespeare Institute's MA in Shakespeare and Education is a unique, modular programme that is particularly appropriate for practising teachers, offering the opportunity to enhance expertise in different aspects of Shakespeare’s work.

Master in Theatre for Young Audiences

University of Lincoln
Campus Full-time Part-time 1 - 2 years August 2019 United Kingdom Boston + 1 more

Theatre for Young Audiences is a Master’s programme designed for recent graduates and early-career artists interested in developing their performance-making through a professionally-oriented academic framework.

MA in Communication, Media & Theatre

Northeastern Illinois University
Campus Full-time Part-time 1 - 6 years August 2019 USA Chicago Grayslake + 2 more

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Communication, Media and Theatre provides an in-depth study of the principles and practices of communication, media, and theatre. The program is designed for students interested in advanced corporate positions, those preparing for positions in higher education or further graduate study, and teachers at the elementary or secondary level.

MA in Creative Performance Practice

London South Bank University
Campus Full-time Part-time 1 - 2 years September 2019 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This innovative MA programme combines a range of diverse approaches to making performance, including physical theatre, directing, socially engaged practice, solo work and live art.

Theatre Arts (MA)

Middlesex University London
Campus Full-time Part-time 1 - 2 years August 2019 United Kingdom London UK Online + 2 more

Our MA in Theatre Arts will give you the opportunity to collaborate, specialise and push the boundaries of your chosen discipline whatever your artistic background. Whether you are looking to design, devise, direct, critique, curate, manage, perform, write or teach, this flexibly-designed course will enable you to investigate and evolve your practice to a professional standard.

M.F.A in Performance and Interactive Media Arts

Brooklyn College CUNY
Campus Full-time September 2019 USA New York

The graduate program in performance and interactive media arts (PIMA) will help you to develop into a performance artist with a reputation for innovation and creative success.

MA in Theatre for Young Audiences

Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance
Campus Full-time Part-time 13 months August 2019 United Kingdom Sidcup + 1 more

Whether you are a recent graduate with an interest in drama, performance and theatre-making; or someone working in theatre or education who wishes to develop their existing knowledge and practice: the flexible pathways within this postgraduate course provide you with a variety of opportunities to further your career ambitions, and develop your skills.

Master of Arts (MA) in Stage Design & Fashion Design

University of Arts in Poznan
Campus Full-time October 2019 Poland Poznań

Department of Scenography at the Faculty of Architecture and Design consists of five design studios, which conduct an interdisciplinary design and artistic educational work directed at the conscious and responsible shaping of the visual identity of the ‘stage’-the nearest environment. Stage Design and Fashion Design as specializations refer to creating ‘occasional space’ (theatre, TV studio, exhibitions, shows, spectacles, parades etc.).

MA in Directing

MetFilm School London
Campus Full-time 1 year October 2019 United Kingdom London Rugby Warwick + 2 more

Looking to build your future in the screen industries? MetFilm School is the perfect place to turn your passion into practice. Working closely with leading industry professionals, we offer you a career-focused, cutting edge, practical learning experience. The MA Directing course equips you with a comprehensive skill set to work on all screen platforms – film, TV, commercials and online. During your studies, you’ll do a unique industry project that will give you real-life experience with external clients, not offered by any other film school in the world.