Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies: Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies MA

Master of Arts​

Program Description

The graduate program of the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies is an interdisciplinary program that intersects research in the fields of drama, theatre and performance studies including research in dramatic literature, cross-cultural theory and histories of theatre and performance, conceptual and applied models of dramaturgy and methodologies of practice-based research. Graduating students will be well equipped to pursue doctoral studies, serve as innovative leaders in cultural institutions and the performing arts, or become creative entrepreneurs.

Based on faculty research, we offer support for studies in Canadian theatre; Indigenous and East Asian theatre; dance and physical theatre; popular theatre; cross-cultural communication through performance and media; studies of experimental and avant-garde theatre in North America, Asia, and Europe; early modern theatre and archival studies; queer and feminist performance theory, ethics, and equity in theatre and performance; theatre and globalization; and digital humanities in performance. In addition to courses in the program, students are encouraged to take advantage of cross-listed courses and research opportunities across the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Bi-linguality or multi-linguality is an asset as well as creative artistic experience and a developed level of digital literacy.

Applicants interested in the part-time MA option should contact the Associate Director (graduate) to obtain specific information prior to application.


Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are considered under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Admissions are selective; possession of minimum qualifications does not guarantee acceptance. Applicants must also satisfy the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university with standing equivalent to at least a University of Toronto B+ and with a significant concentration in theatre, drama, performance, and related disciplines.

  • Applications received after January 15 may be too late for consideration. Contact the Associate Director for further information.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete a minimum of 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs), as approved by the centre, including DRA 5000Y MA Projects in Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies (1.0 FCE).

  • The centre may prescribe certain courses in the individual programs of MA students.

  • Normally, the program requires one year of full-time study or the part-time equivalent. In some cases, students with insufficient background in the discipline may be required to take additional prerequisite courses.

Program Length

3 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years full-time