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Graduate Program: Theatre and Performance Studies

Admissions

Use the online application to apply for the M.A./Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies and check the status of your application. All materials (with the exception of test scores) should be submitted electronically.

Tufts requires that applicants complete the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) in order to be considered for admission. No minimum scores are designated. International students are required to complete the TOEFL, with a minimum score of 600 on the paper-based test or 100 on the TOEFL iBT.

A complete application should include:

  • A resume of previous professional, academic, and theatrical experience (including foreign languages studied or spoken)
  • A copy of all previous transcripts of grades
  • A personal statement of no more than 1000 words, which speaks to your scholarly interests, academic goals, and your reasons for applying to Tufts.
  • Three letters of recommendation which discuss your scholarly and professional achievements and contributions to the arts and humanities
  • A writing sample which reflects a scholarly discussion of a topic in or related to theater (e.g., part of a Master's thesis, a term paper, a research article)

The Department of Drama and Dance generally accepts four graduate students per year.

M.A./Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies

The M.A./Ph.D. program is not designed to grant a terminal M.A. degree. Instead, it is expected that students will proceed beyond the M.A. degree to Ph.D. study whether at Tufts or elsewhere. Students who enter the program at the Master's level must apply to the department to be admitted to the doctoral program upon completion of the Master's thesis and/or coursework.

For admission to the M.A./Ph.D. program, a prospective student must present a completed undergraduate record of high scholastic proficiency with a firm grounding in drama and theatre, film, dance, and performance/ performance studies. Other desirable foundation subjects include: fine arts, music, philosophy, history, languages, literature and the social sciences.

Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies

For admission to graduate work for the Ph.D. degree in Theatre and Performance Studies, a prospective candidate must present a completed graduate and/or undergraduate record of high scholastic proficiency with a firm grounding in drama and theatre, film, dance, and performance/ performance studies.. Other desirable foundation subjects include: fine arts, music, philosophy, history, literature, languages, and social sciences. In general, the student is expected to offer for admission the equivalent of a Tufts M.A. in Theatre and Performance Studies.