Graduate Program – MA


Master of Arts (M.A.)

2 to 4 yrs | 24 credits

Division A (dramatic theory ): 7 Required Credits + 17 Elective Credits + Thesis

Division B (playwriting): 16 Required Credits + 8 Elective Credits + Thesis

Regulations for the Degree of Master of Drama & Theatre

  1. The graduate program offers an M.A. degree in Drama and Theatre, which normally takes two to four years to complete.
  2. The program requires a thesis in addition to 24 credits of coursework, of which at least 18 credits must be from courses offered by the program, and at least 15 credits from courses of the graduate level.
  3. Candidates regardless of divisions are required to take three courses: Research Method (1 credit), Readings in Western Dramatic Theory (3 credits) and Readings in Chinese Dramatic Theory (3 credits). Candidates from Division B have to take four more required courses: Playwriting I (2 credits), Playwriting II (2 credits), Playwriting III (2 credits) & Critique and Dramaturgy of Chinese Drama (3 credits).
  4. All candidates are subject to take the non-accrediting prerequisite course of the university level: Play Production III.
  5. Before submitting the M.A. thesis or essay which requires an oral defense, candidates must pass qualifying examinations on two of the following four subjects: (1) Topics in Chinese Drama and Theatre, (2) Topics Western Drama and Theatre, (3) Performance and Directing Studies, and (4) Theatre Crafts and Design. To be eligible to take the first qualifying exam, students must have completed 12 graduate-level credits (with upper division classes within 6 credits), and 18 to take the second.
  6. M.A. candidates can graduate with a concentration on dramatic theory or playwriting. Those specializing in dramatic theory should submit a thesis with no less than 90 pages (bibliography included) in MLA Citation Style (12-font, 1.5 space), and those in playwriting should submit at least one play whose length is no less than 70 minutes and a critical essay with no less than 30,000 words in the mentioned format.