Degree Requirements

Requirements for the Ph.D. in Theatre are as follows; please also consult the English Department requirements for M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. here , as these requirements describe the year-by year timetable in very useful detail.

First Year/M.A. Degree

Coursework: In the first year (to fulfill the requirements for the M.A. degree), students must take eight (8) courses and register for two Residence Units:

Second and Third Year/M.Phil. Degree

Successful completion of the M. A. requirements and approval by the Co-Chairs are both conditions for entry into candidacy for the M. Phil. degree.

Coursework: In the second year (as part of the requirements for the M.Phil. degree), students must take eight (8) courses and register for an additional two Residence Units:

  1. Teaching Writing (G6913y), spring term (for R credit); and
  2. Seven additional courses, keeping the following in mind:
    1. Courses may be taken in any department, with the approval of one of the Co-Chairs, though students are strongly encouraged to take courses from Theatre doctoral program faculty.
    2. At least four of the seven courses must be 6000-level seminars or the equivalent. Students must also write at least 4 seminar-paper-length essays (20pp+) per year. Students may choose to write these for either 6000-level or 4000-level courses. If a student writes a seminar paper for a 4000-level class, with the approval of the instructor and the Co-Chairs, the student may elect to take a 6000-level class "as a 4000-level," for which students do not normally write long seminar papers. We recommend that students write seminar papers addressing drama/theatre/performance and/or related theoretical questions, ideally in classes offered by Theatre Ph.D. faculty. In any case, each semester, students should consult with the Co-Chairs about their course selections, and identify the courses in which they expect to write their seminar papers.
    3. No more than two of the seven may be workshop courses (directing, dramaturgy, playwriting) offered through the School of the Arts.
    4. No more than two of the seven may be taken through the Inter-University Doctoral Consortium (IUDC) (must be approved by one of the Co-Chairs).
    5. No more than two of the seven may be a course (3000- or 4000-level) in which the student is serving as TA (must be approved by one of the Co-Chairs).  Students taking this option should register for one of the following for R credit (depending on whether the course has sections or not):
      1. ENGL G6910 "Teaching Tutorial": For courses in which TAs lead a section of at least 10 students weekly.  Students must: a) provide a record of regular attendance by students; 2)  provide a very brief (one-page) account of what issues they covered in sections; 3) submit a signed form from the professor attesting that they attended lectures.
      2. ENTA GR8999 "Independent Study"For courses in which TAs do not lead a section. Professors will assign writing in line with assignments for other "R" credit courses. A paper written for this class may count as one of the 4 "seminar papers."
    6. All courses must be graded except Teaching Writing (G6913y) and courses in which the student is serving as TA.
    7. Exceptionally, the Co-Chairs may approve the award of up to two transfer credits in the second year of study to students who have completed graduate-level coursework in another graduate degree program.  Transfer credit would be considered only when a student did not take option "e" above, counting TA courses toward the degree.