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Graduate Program: Theatre and Performance Studies

Requirements

Master of Arts Degree:

Advisors
Initially, students should consult with the Department's Director of Graduate Studies concerning their programs, and for general counseling and advising. By the end of their first year of study M.A. students should seek out an appropriate member of the faculty to discuss their objectives in fields of specialization and thesis ideas.

Coursework
A minimum of nine graduate-level courses and completion of a Master's thesis is required for the degree, including at least four graduate seminars in the Department. With prior consent of the advisor, certain advanced courses outside the department may be credited toward the M.A.

Non-English Language
A reading knowledge of one non-English language is required for the Master's degree. This requirement must be satisfied before work on the thesis commences. Information on fulfilling the language requirement is contained in the department's Graduate Handbook.

Thesis Proposal
The Master's candidate should review thesis proposal plans with a prospective departmental adviser, prior to submitting the proposal to the Graduate Faculty for approval. Guidelines for proposals may be found in the department's Graduate Handbook, and sample copies of past proposals may be viewed. Guidelines for the defense and submission process may be found in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Handbook.

Doctor of Philosophy Degree:

Advisors
Initially, students should consult with the Department's Director of Graduate Studies concerning their programs, and for general counseling and advising. By the end of their third semester, Ph.D. students should seek an appropriate member of faculty to discuss their objectives in fields of specialization and dissertation ideas.

Coursework
Coursework extending approximately two academic years beyond the B.A. degree, normally 18 courses (including two courses for dissertation research) is required. Part-time study or less than full-time residence in our Ph.D. program is discouraged. Eight seminars within the Department are required of all our Ph.D. students, including two seminars in dramatic or critical theory, Introduction to Research Methods and Materials, Theatre Pedagogy, and Professional Development.

There is a time limit for the completion of the dissertation of seven years from the date of the initial registration in the graduate program. Typically, coursework takes at least two academic years, followed immediately by preparation and successful completion of comprehensive exams. Depending on how quickly the dissertation is finished, students can expect a minimum commitment of four years.

Transfer of Credit
Up to six courses (the equivalent of a year's worth of study at Tufts) of graduate work done elsewhere may be transferred (such as courses from a completed M.A. or M.F.A. program), but only by petition to the Graduate Faculty after the student has completed one semester of study at Tufts.

Non-English Language
A reading knowledge of one non-English language is required for the doctoral degree. One language requirement must be satisfied by the end of the first year. Information on fulfilling this requirement is contained in the department's Graduate Handbook. Some funding is available for summer study of a language (which is not covered by the annual tuition.)

Comprehensive Exams
In the second and third years of the Ph.D. program, students will take Comprehensive Examinations, the successful completion of which will enable them to finish graduate study with the writing of a doctoral dissertation. The exam will consist of two day-long exams. The second-year exam will focus on Theatre History, Historiography, and Popular Entertainment. The third-year exam will consist of Theatre Theory, Critical, Theory, and Performance Studies. Each exam consists of one three-hour session, in which a student will choose between one of two essay questions to answer during the exam as well as two ninety- minute sessions, in which a student choose between one of two sets of essay questions. These sessions are followed by an oral defense of the exam. As soon as students have passed their oral defense of the third-year exam, they will participate in an oral qualifying exam that explores two areas of specialization. Information on scheduling and preparing for the Comprehensive Exams is contained in the Graduate Handbook, and sample copies of written exams are available in the Department office.

Dissertations
A formal proposal for a dissertation should be submitted for the endorsement of the Graduate Faculty. The Graduate Faculty will review the proposal. Preliminary research for the dissertation can occur before and during the comprehensive exam period. The department's Graduate Handbook contains guidelines for proposals and information on the timetable for review of proposals. Sample proposals are on file in the Department.

Following submission of the completed dissertation, the student is required to defend it before a committee consisting of three members of the Graduate Faculty and one scholar from a department or institution outside of Tufts University (guidelines can be found in the university's Graduate Student Handbook.)