Graduate Program

The M.A. Program in Theatre at Bowling Green State University is designed to provide students with those fundamentals essential for the development of independent thought and expression, ingredients necessary for truly creative scholarship and artistry in the theater.  In the program, students are afforded a basic understanding of theatre and performance history, theory, criticism, and research methods and their application to teaching and practical work in theatre and performance studies.  Students in the M.A. Program may pursue one of two courses of study: the M.A. Thesis Track (i.e., Plan I), which may be completed over the course of two academic years; or the M.A. Portfolio Track (i.e., Plan II), which may be completed over the course of one calendar year (i.e., one academic year, plus one summer). BGSU undergraduates accepted into the 4-Plus-1 MA Program in Theatre, must elect to follow the M.A. Portfolio Track, and may follow a different timeline based on the number of graduate credits compiled while still completing the undergraduate degree.

For students interested in a MA degree, additional information can be found here.

The doctoral program in the Department of Theatre and Film at Bowling Green State University is especially designed for those students planning careers as faculty members in higher education with a degree emphasis in the theories (both historical and contemporary), histories, and cultural applications of theatre and performance in various contexts. It is this aspect of the program that prepares students to contribute meaningfully to theatre and performance scholarship and to be effective teachers within those disciplines.

Practically, the course of study aims to prepare graduates to conduct original research in a way that will contribute to the level of scholarship in the student's area of specialization, to teach, and to participate in theatre production in educational settings in a range of capacities. Accordingly, students are evaluated in three areas: scholarship, teaching ability, and artistry. Thus, it is assumed that upon graduation the holder of a Ph.D. will possess a thorough understanding of the theory and history of theatre and performance.

While the mission of the Department is to prepare graduates who approach the theory and practice of theatre and performance in an integrated manner, it should be understood that the primary emphasis of any doctoral program in the arts focuses on historical, theoretical and pedagogical approaches to the subject matter rather than solely or even predominantly on artistic practice.

It should also be noted that in addition to offering a degree in film at the undergraduate level, the Department of Theatre and Film at Bowling Green State University also contributes in meaningful ways to the graduate level media studies program that is offered through the American Culture Studies program. Additionally, the Department supports student exchange/study abroad opportunities with the Department of Theatre at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

For students interested in a Ph.D. degree, additional information can be found here.

The performance studies certificate is open to all graduate students enrolled at Bowling Green State University. Through this certificate program the student will explore the histories, theories, and practices of Performance Studies. The focus is on the relationship between text and practice; performance as a reflection of society, a witnessing to an experience, or a challenge to social structures or ways of knowing; emerging ideas of audience reception theory; interdisciplinary connections with cultural studies, communication studies; and U.S./global performance practices. The certificate may be used as a research methodology or area of specialization within a degree program or other course of study, as a gateway into an advanced degree program in Performance Studies/related field, or as a foundation for work in community-based performance or theatre of social action/change.

Core Sequence (7 credits):
THFM 6630 Introduction to Performance Studies (3)
THFM 6680 Performance Studies (3)
THFM 6660 Directed Research in Portfolio Development to serve as a capstone experience. (1)

Supplementary Elective Courses (9 credits):
Electives for the Graduate Certificate Program in Performance Studies may be filled by courses in Theatre and Film, and/or other departments and programs. Electives will be selected by the student subject to approval by the graduate coordinator of the Department of Theatre and Film.

For more information, contact:

Jonathan Chambers, PhD.
Graduate Coordinator
Dept of Theatre and Film