Theatre Education, MFA

This is a three-year, 60 hour terminal-degree MFA, consisting of online courses in the Fall and Spring semesters and a two-week summer Residency for two years, followed by a thesis project. Since this program is geared towards Theatre Educators, the basis of the thesis project will generally be a K-12 school production that the MFA candidate is either directing, producing and/or designing. However, even though it is designed for Theatre Educators, it is open to all Theatre Practitioners, whether in Professional, Academic and/or Community Theatre.  All courses will consist of instruction in the theoretical, critical and practical aspects of all facets of Theatre, as well as a pedagogical unit focused on developing lesson plans, modules and teaching strategies for each area of study.

Applications for Fall 2023 are being accepted through July 1st, 2023.


Just wanted you to know that my students took away three superior medals in tech (costume design, set design, and stage management) at junior Thescon! I give all the credit to you for teaching me how to teach this to kids! Thank you so much! The MFA program was the best decision I've made in years!
~ Sarah Staggers MFA '22

Theatre instructor with studentsList of Courses

Required-Online Courses: 24 Semester Hours

  • TH 507-Creative Dramatics
  • TH 516-Playscript Analysis
  • TH 517-Design & Production I
  • EN 518-Playwriting Workshop
  • TH 519-Acting & Directing
  • TH 620-Theatre Management
  • TH 657-Theatre History I
  • TH 658-Theatre History II

Required-Residency I: 6 Semester Hours

  • TH 588-Design & Production II
  • TH 589-Acting & Directing II

Required-Residency II: 6 Semester Hours

  • TH 688-Design & Production III: Special Topics
  • TH 689-Acting & Directing III: Special Topics

Electives: 12 Semester Hours-Select 4

  • EN 538-Forms in Drama
  • EN 546-Early European Drama
  • EN 580-Modern European Drama
  • EN 581-20th Century American Drama
  • EN 582-Southern Drama
  • TH 610-Special Topics in Theatre Production (can be taken up to two times)
  • TH 659-Musical Theatre
  • TH 664-Costume History and Construction

Thesis Project: 12 Semester Hours

  • TH 598-Thesis I: Production Practicum
  • TH 698-Thesis II: Written Presentation and Oral Defense

Total Hours: 60

Course Descriptions


Admission Requirements

  • Please include a 1-2 page Letter of Intent, describing why you are interested in this program, your background as an artist and/or educator and your goals for the future.

  • Three letters of recommendation: one letter of recommendation should come from a colleague or mentor who has some experience in theatre or a related field. This can be at the professional, college, K-12 or community level.

  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work from each institution attended, including any transcripts from MUW (whether or not a degree was granted)

    • Electronic Transcripts should be sent to Office of Graduate Studies
    • Hard copies transcripts should be mailed to Office of Graduate Studies, 1100 College Street W-1603, Columbus, MS 39701
  • Although not required, a certificate/license to teach at the K-12 level is recommended. However, lack of a certificate does not automatically disqualify a candidate from being chosen for the program.

  • The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is NOT required for admission into this program.

  • Applicants are required to show evidence of 2 doses of MMR (mumps, measles, and rubella) vaccination or a titer blood test showing immunity. Submit all immunization records to the Campus Health Center.