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THEATRE AND DRAMA Minimum Degree Requirements and Satisfactory Progress

To make progress toward a graduate degree, students must meet the Graduate School Minimum Degree Requirements and Satisfactory Progress in addition to the requirements of the program.

Master's Degrees:

M.A.

Master of Fine Arts Degree:

MFA

Doctoral Degrees:

Ph.D.

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

30 credits

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

42 credits

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

51 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

16 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

24 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

32 credits

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

At least 50% of credits must be in courses designed for graduate work; theatre and drama courses numbered 300–699 always assess graduate students separately from undergraduates.

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

At least 50% of credits must be in courses designed for graduate work; theatre and drama courses numbered 300–699 always assess graduate students separately from undergraduates.

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

At least 50% of credits must be in courses designed for graduate work; theatre and drama courses numbered 300–699 always assess graduate students separately from undergraduates.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program approval, students may count no more than 18 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

With program approval, students may count up to 7 credits numbered 300 or above.

Prior Coursework Requirement: UW–Madison University Special

With program approval, students may count up to 15 credits numbered 700 or above if difference in tuition is paid.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program approval, students may count no more than 18 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

With program approval, students may count up to 7 credits numbered 300 or above.

Prior Coursework Requirement: UW–Madison University Special

With program approval, students may count up to 15 credits numbered 700 or above if difference in tuition is paid.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program approval, students may count no more than 18 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

With program approval, students may count up to 7 credits numbered 300 or above.

Prior Coursework Requirement: UW–Madison University Special

With program approval, students may count up to 15 credits numbered 700 or above if difference in tuition is paid.

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Program-Specific Courses Required

One required 3-credit course: Introduction to Research in Theatre, taken in the fall semester of the first year.

Program-Specific Courses Required

Required courses vary by subdiscipline.

Program-Specific Courses Required

Introduction to Research in Theatre in the fall semester of the first year of study; seven courses in dramatic literature, history, theory, and criticism; three courses in theatre practice; eight courses in an area of specialization; and, among these courses, three seminars.

Doctoral Minor/Breadth Requirements

All doctoral students are required to complete a minor. Four courses in the outside minor.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.00 GPA required

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.00 GPA required

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.25 GPA required

Other Grade Requirements

Candidates may not file more than one grade of Incomplete per semester.

Other Grade Requirements

No other specific grade requirements.

Other Grade Requirements

No other specific grade requirements.

Probation Policy

Students are reviewed annually by the research faculty and may be placed on probation if they are not making satisfactory progress on program requirements.

Probation Policy

Each of the MFA program tracks in acting, costume design, lighting design, scene design, and theatre technology conducts separate reviews of students each semester by portfolio and/or oral examination. Students may be placed on probation if program faculty determine that they are not meeting the expectations of their specific degree program.

Probation Policy

Students are reviewed annually by the research faculty and may be placed on probation if they are not making satisfactory progress on program requirements.

Advisor / Committee

The thesis must be prepared under the supervision of the major professor.

Committee consists of three faculty members: advisor, at least one additional faculty member from theatre and drama, and one other member.

Advisor / Committee

A thesis or final creative project must be prepared under the direction and guidance of a major professor.

Committee consists of four members:  advisor and three other committee members.

Advisor / Committee

The dissertation must be prepared under supervision of the major professor.

Committee consists of five faculty members: advisor, at least two additional faculty members from theatre and drama, and at least one member from another department.

Assessments and Examinations

Significant participation in one University Theatre production (in a variety of positions) is required. A thesis is required; this thesis should be the product of the candidate's independent research.

A one hour examination on the thesis presentation is required.

Assessments and Examinations

Design and technology students must students must pass two candidacy portfolio examinations in the first year of residency. They must pass two comprehensive-progress, portfolio examination in the second year of residency.

Acting candidates are required to pass an oral review of their work and study at the end of each semester.

A research or creative thesis is required for design and technology candidates.

Acting candidates must complete a final creative/research project.

Assessments and Examinations

A preliminary portfolio examination in the areas of literature, history, and theory is required after coursework is completed. This examination must be passed before being admitted into Ph.D. candidacy. A dissertation proposal must be submitted and defended after the completion of the preliminary examination.

Time Constraints

The M.A. program is designed to be completed in three to four semesters of full-time study. Students may request a variance in this time frame by approval of the research faculty.

Time Constraints

The MFA in acting follows a three- year cycle with a sequential curriculum. Only in exceptional circumstances the A/D faculty may approve a variance in this time frame.

The MFA programs in costume design, lighting design, scene design, and theatre technology generally follow a three-year timeline, and variations from this must be approved by the degree program head.

Time Constraints

The prelim B exam (proposal defense) must be completed before the end of the second regular semester following the prelim A exam.

Per Graduate School policy, doctoral students have five years from the date of passing preliminary examination to take the final oral examination and deposit the dissertation. Students may petition for an additional one-year extension.

Language Requirements

No language requirements.

Language Requirements

No language requirements.

Language Requirements

Attain research competency in one language approved by the major professor.