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The MU Department of Theatre has a distinguished history that began shortly after 1900 when a small group of aspiring thespians resolved to enhance the cultural life of the campus by producing plays in an abandoned dining room in Lathrop Hall. In 1925, Professor Donovan Rhynsburger joined the MU faculty and established the Missouri Workshop Theatre. For over 85 years, the department has sustained a national and international reputation as a major center for theatre and performance scholarship and dramatic art production. In 2007 “Academic Analytics” ranked MU Department of Theatre #4 nationally for scholarly productivity in Theatre Literature, History and Criticism (reported in Chronicle of Higher Education, November 11, 2007). MU Theatre offers graduate and undergraduate programs.

Degrees Offered

Theatre, Master of Arts

On Campus

Admission Criteria

Deadline: January 15 for the following fall semester admission. We only admit once a year, barring extraordinary circumstances.

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 in the last 60 hours

Probationary admission is possible. The director of graduate studies will advise the student in writing of what must be done to change the probationary admission to regular admission.

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test TypeTotal ScoreReadingListeningSpeakingWriting
TOEFL Internet-based11217171717
TOEFL Paper-based6505252N/A52
IELTS Academic86666

Minimum GRE Scores

When did you take the GRE?VerbalQuantitativeAnalytical
Prior to August 1, 20116005504.0
On or after August 1, 20111601464.0

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Theatre Program

  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • GRE score report
  • Statement of purpose
  • Scholarly writing sample
  • Resume or CV

Theatre, Doctor of Philosophy

On Campus

Admission Criteria

Deadline: January 15. We only admit once a year, barring extraordinary circumstances

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 in the last 60 hours
  • GPA of 3.5 or better in master’s program

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test TypeTotal ScoreReadingListeningSpeakingWriting
TOEFL Internet-based11217171717
TOEFL Paper-based6505252N/A52
IELTS Academic86666

Minimum GRE Scores

When did you take the GRE?VerbalQuantitativeAnalytical
Prior to August 1, 20116005505.0
On or after August 1, 20111601464.0

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Theatre Program

  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • GRE score report
  • Statement of purpose
  • Professional resume or portfolio
  • Scholarly writing sample
  • Creative (dramatic) writing samples