Master of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre
The objective of the Master of Fine Arts curriculum is to develop the educated Theatre Artist by offering sound theory and intensive practical training simultaneously. Students in the Master of Fine Arts programs will elect a plan of study with specialization in one of the following areas: (1) directing (2) performance, or (3) design and technical theatre.
Regular admission to a Master of Fine Arts program requires: (1) the submission of Graduate Record Examination scores; (2) an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 in the undergraduate major area or on the last 60 hours attempted; (3) acceptable performance audition or portfolio evaluations; (4) three strong letters of recommendation, which should address the applicant’s academic preparation in the area of theatre; and (5) successful personal interviews. The letters of recommendation should be sent to the department. Members of all underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Directing Emphasis students are required to submit written play analysis material as part of the application process. Performance students will be required to demonstrate their proficiency in a “showcase” performance during the first semester in residence. Design emphasis students must present a portfolio for review by the faculty prior to the initial registration. If no portfolio is available, a student may be admitted on a conditional basis until an acceptable minimum proficiency is determined.
The Master of Fine Arts program normally requires three years of full-time graduate study and the completion of a minimum approved program of sixty (60) hours with at least 18 hours of coursework at the 600 level or higher. A 3.0 GPA is required for graduation. It is recommended that the M.F.A. student spend at least one summer as a member of the Repertory Theatre program. The candidate will satisfactorily complete a creative project in his major area of emphasis and defend it orally before the Theatre faculty. Proficiency reviews will be required of all M.F.A. candidates at the conclusion of their second semester in residence. Comprehensive exam is required.
Responsible Conduct of Research Training
All faculty holding Regular or Associate graduate faculty status, must complete RCR training modules required by the Graduate School and their departments. All graduate students must complete the RCR training modules required by the Graduate School and their departments the first semester they are enrolled in graduate school. The RCR policy and training information are found on the Graduate School web page – www.usm.edu/graduateschool. Contact the Dean of the Graduate School if you have any questions regarding the policy of training information.
Plan of Study. Students must submit their signed, official Plan of Study Form to the Graduate School by the end of the first semester they are enrolled. The Plan of Study Forms are available at www.usm.edu/graduateschool/planofstudy.php - click on the "Plans of Study" link.
Continuous Enrollment Requirement: Students must meet the requirement specified in the front section of this Bulletin.