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Graduate Musical Theatre

Master of Arts, Theatre

Most programs in the UCF School of Performing Arts require an audition or interview.

The Master of Arts in Theatre with a concentration in Musical Theatre focuses on pedagogy and methodology of musical theatre. The program provides developing theatre scholars and middle school, high school and community college teachers the opportunity to strengthen skills and knowledge of musical theatre beyond the undergraduate level. Course requirements are completed during two 6-week summer intensives of online classes with project-oriented theatre practicums and online coursework during the academic year. Completion of 39 graduate-level credit hours, including a Thesis, are required for the program.

The Musical Theatre concentration provides a combination of theoretical study and practical performance training. The intention is not to train for professional performance careers, but for a variety of goals including increasing specific theatrical skills, extending theatre skills into new areas or expanding expertise and credentials for teachers.

What classes will I take?

Coursework for the M.A. Theatre/Musical Theatre Concentration includes study and application of Voice Pedagogy, Musical Theatre Directing, Research Methods, Acting Methodologies, Musical Theatre Dance Composition/Choreography, Methods of Teaching Drama (Musical Theatre Curriculum) and Introduction to Theatrical Design and Production.

Are there graduate assistantships available?

There are no graduate assistantships associated with this program. All students are required to finance coursework requirements on their own.

Click here to learn more about the Graduate Musical Theatre concentration.

“One of the many appealing factors of the Master of Arts in Musical Theatre program at the University of Central Florida is the structure of coursework. The semesters are organized in a way that allows current educators to continue teaching full-time, while expanding their knowledge in their field. Graduate students in this program can put what they learn into their own classes almost immediately. Not only do they benefit from this new information, but their students do too.”

Monica Andrews MA’20, Monarch High School

Application Requirements

Each student interested in the program must apply to UCF through the College of Graduate Studies before being considered a serious candidate. Students also need to submit required application materials to the School of Performing Arts.

The program runs on a two-year cycle, with interviews for the program occurring every other year. Our next round of interviews will begin Fall 2022 for a Summer 2023 start. Minimum requirements for admission are a B.A. or BFA degree, preferably in theatre or a related performance field.

Application Deadline: Monday, April 4, 2022

Any questions about these requirements should be directed to the program coordinator. Students must submit application materials to UCF Graduate Studies and the School of Performing Arts. The University of Central Florida employs an online application process which can be accessed at Additional materials must be submitted directly to the School of Performing Arts.

An interview is required. Contact Tara D. Snyder ( to schedule.

Submit to the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Online application
  • Application fee
  • Official transcripts
  • Residency classification form
  • Statement of purpose
  • Résumé
  • Three (3) current letters of recommendation

Submit to the School of Performing Arts

  • Statement of purpose/goals for pursuing the program
  • Headshot/photo
  • Résumé
  • Three (3) current letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts (can be unofficial)
Mail to:

Theatre UCF, attn: Tara D. Snyder
P.O. Box 162372
Orlando, FL  32816-2372

or email

We don’t want application fees to be a barrier. If you are submitting an application through AcceptD and need assistance, contact the coordinator for the program you are applying to for more information. For information about application fee waivers for UCF admissions, click here.


This program runs on a two-year cycle and begin summer semester of each odd-numbered year. Interviews begin in the fall prior.

Those interested in applying should have a B.A. or BFA degree, preferably in theatre or a related performance field.

To apply for this program you must apply to both UCF Graduate Admissions and submit materials to the program coordinator, Tara D. Snyder.