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Master of Arts in Theatre

M.A. in Theatre

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 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 time-line based on the number of graduate credits compiled while still completing the undergraduate degree.

The Graduate Faculty in the Department of Theatre and Film determines termination of a master’s degree program on recommendation of the advisor and after conference with the student.  Termination will result from the student’s failure to maintain “satisfactory progress toward the degree.”  For a more thorough description of academic standards, see the Graduate Catalog.

In order to help the student develop independence of thought and expression, s/he develops the degree program and pursues the degree in a close relationship with an appropriate advisor.  Upon matriculation, the Graduate Coordinator serves as the academic advisor for all students in the M.A. program.  Thus, course registration for the first semester is accomplished in conference with the Graduate Coordinator.  As the student prepares for the second term of study, s/he will begin to work with one of the following program advisors: the Graduate Coordinator if in the M.A. Thesis Track, or Portfolio Track Advisor if in the M.A. Portfolio Track.  The program advisor will assist the student with his/her course of study and, in the case of the M.A. Portfolio Track, will serve initially as his/her committee chair in connection with his/her portfolio. Students are advised to remember that coursework is not solely determined by the student's interests, but depends upon program requirements and course schedules and availability.

All members of the graduate faculty (both provisional and regular) are eligible to supervise theses. To find out who among the faculty have graduate faculty status, consult with the Graduate Coordinator.  Whether the student is on the M.A. Portfolio or M.A. Thesis Track, s/he must file a Coordinator/Chair Committee Approval form.  The deadline for filing this form is the end of the first term of study for students in the M.A. Thesis Track, the Advisor and Committee Approval form is due at the end of the second term of study.

Although M.A. Thesis Track students are not encouraged to change advisors, they may do so when change is warranted.  Such changes are considered appropriate if a student decides to change his/her area of primary scholarly interest or direction.  Usually the student and the advisor mutually agree upon such changes.  Students wishing to change advisors should submit a written request to the Graduate Coordinator, which requires the Graduate Coordinator and Chair’s approval.  Before taking this step, the student must communicate directly with the current and prospective advisors, and the chosen advisor must indicate willingness to serve.

A. Duties:  
M.A. students who are funded through the department are generally awarded half-time contracts, which carry a 20-hour per week service obligation.  Assistantship assignments are made the Chair of the Department of Theatre and Film.  When possible, students’ preferences are taken into consideration in making assignments, though departmental needs take priority.

B. Renewals of Assistantships:
1. Master’s level assistantships are awarded for one academic year.  When funding levels permit, funding for two additional semesters (i.e., second year funding) may occur for those students electing to pursue the Thesis Track program (i.e., second year funding).  See the "Thesis Track and Second Year Funding" section for more information.  Second year funding is never permitted for students enrolled in Plan II (i.e., Portfolio Track).

2. Applications for second year funding will be evaluated by a department's Graduate Studies Committee on the basis of the following criteria:

a. Has the student made satisfactory progress toward the degree?
b. Has the student’s assistantship service been satisfactory?
c. Are sufficient funds available?
d. Do departmental needs warrant the assignment of the assistantship?

C. Removal of Assistantship:
An assistantship may be taken from a student for any one of the following reasons:
1. Failure to make satisfactory progress toward degree.
2. Inadequate performance of the duties associated with the assistantship.

a. If teaching a course this includes (but is not limited to), failure to follow and execute in good faith course syllabus, guidelines and objectives as determined by the departmental course coordinator; failure to attend regularly scheduled course planning sessions (usually weekly) as determined by the departmental course coordinator; and failure to complete departmental and university course evaluations.
b. If in a non-teaching assignment this includes (but is not limited to), failure to complete duties and satisfy hour requirements as determined by supervising personnel.

3. Failure to maintain minimum registration (at least 9 semester hours of graduate credit per semester).  
4. Academic suspension for ethical or legal misconduct as specified in student code.

A.  Financial Aid:
Any questions concerning financial aid eligibility and maximum allowances should be directed to the Financial Aid office.  It is the student’s responsibility to monitor how federal regulations concerning financial aid will have an impact on his or her continuance in graduate education.

B. Supplemental Employment:                                                                                                                              Graduate assistants must confer with the Graduate Coordinator and the Chair of the Department before accepting additional employment, whether on or off campus.

A.  M.A. Requirements (Completed in 3 semesters: fall, spring, summer)

1. Core:
a. THFM 6590: Research Methods in Theatre and Performance Studies
b. Minimum 2 courses (6 credits) from History & Literature/Theory/Criticism
c. Minimum 2 courses (6 credits) from Performance Studies/Practice
d. Minimum 2 courses (6 credits) from Design & Technical Theatre

Minimum Total: 21 credits

2. Electives:
a. Minimum of 2 courses (3 credits each) in approved Department of Theatre and Film electives from graduate level
(i.e., 5000+ level) courses offered in the Department of Theatre and Film.
b. Upon prior approval by the Graduate Coordinator of the Department of Theatre and Film, students may take courses from other departments in fullfillment of the electives requirement.

Minimum Total 6 credits.

3. Portfolio or Thesis Credits:
a. Minimum of 3 credits of THFM 6910 (Directed Research in Portfolio Development) are required  for those students in the M.A. Portfolio Track.
b. Minimum of three credits of THFM 6990 (Thesis Research) is required for those students in the M.A. Thesis Track.

TOTAL FOR DEGREE: 30 CREDITS

B. Course Selections:
History & Literature/Theory/Criticism (Minimum Two Courses):
THFM 5650 Period, Style, and Form
THFM 6590 Research Methods in Theatre and Performance Studies
THFM 6600 Theatre/Performance in Cultural Contexts
THFM 6610 Theatre/Performance in Cultural Contexts II
THFM 6700 Performance and Theatre in the Americas (May be repeated when topic changes)

Performance Studies/Practice (Minimum of Two Courses):
THFM 6630 Introduction to Performance Studies
THFM 6640 Directing Practices
THFM 6670 Staging Image and Text (May be repeated when topic changes)
THFM 6680 Performance Studies (May be repeated when topic changes)
THFM 6690 Theatre for Young Audiences
THFM 6710 Theatre Organization and Management
THFM 6730 Performance Composition
THFM 6820 Theatrical Visions: Performance Theory and Practice (May be repeated when topic changes)
THFM 6880 Internship in Repertory Theatre

Design & Technical Theatre (Minimum of Two Courses):
THFM 5720 Scene Design
THFM 5730 Costume Design
THFM 5740 Lighting Design
THFM 5750 Scene Painting
THFM 5760 Styles of Rendering for Theatre and Film

C.   M.A. Specific Degree Requirements:

1.  Thesis (Plan I) or Portfolio (Plan II):

The two plans under which one may pursue the M.A. are designed to meet individual needs of students who aspire to varying types of professional careers.  The Thesis Track and the Portfolio Track represent qualitatively different educational experiences. All students accepted into the M.A. program are initially placed in the Portfolio Track.  If a student is interested in pursuing the M.A. Thesis Track, s/he must formally declare the intent to do so before the end of the fall semester of the first year of study. Without exception, determination of Thesis or Portfolio track must be decided before the first day of instruction of the spring semester.

Completion of the M.A. does not guarantee continuance into the Ph.D. program at BGSU.  Any student wishing to continue into the Ph.D. program at BGSU must formally apply and his/her application will be given equal consideration along-side others who are seeking admittance into the program.  Moreover, successful completion of the M.A. (i.e., all course work as well as thesis or portfolio) is required before a student will be accepted fully into the Ph.D. program.

2.  Thesis Track and Second Year Funding:
Second year funding for students in the M.A. Thesis Track is not guaranteed.  If a student elects to pursue the M.A. Thesis Track s/he may apply for second year funding by submitting a one-page letter requesting funding, and setting forth the ideas and goals for his/her thesis research. This letter is due to the Graduate Coordinator by December 1.  Students requesting second year funding will be informed of the decisions of the Graduate Studies Committee in late February/early March.  The committee's funding decisions will be based on the student's performance and demonstrated potential for success in thesis writing, balanced with the following concerns: departmental staffing needs, availability of funds, the student's progress toward the degree in accord with expectations and time-lines articulated by the department and Graduate College, and the student's satisfactory performance of assistantship duties.  It is important to note that the number of second year M.A.-level assistantship lines available varies from year to year.  In the end, it is imperative that all M.A. students understand that while any student may elect to follow the two-year, Thesis Track program of study, only a very limited number will be awarded second year funding.

3.  Changing from One Plan to Another:

The graduate faculty in the Department of Theatre and the Graduate College strongly discourage switching from one plan to another.  Once registered in THFM 6990 (Thesis Research) or THFM 6910 (Directed Research in Portfolio Development) a student may switch from one plan to another prior to the first day of instruction of the spring semester without penalty. However, after the first day of instruction, if the student wishes to change from one plan to another, fees may be applied. The student will be financially responsible for those fees.  Moreover, a student’s request to switch from one plan to another must be recommended by his/her graduate committee and advisor, and approved by the Graduate Coordinator and the Graduate Dean. This is done only in rare circumstances; for example, when thesis research project becomes physically or technically impossible to implement.  If a switch from Plan I to Plan II is recommended and ultimately approved, it should be understood that the grade of “IP” (In Progress) for THFM 6990 registrations will remain on the transcript for the thesis work and does not count toward degree requirements.  In the event that a student is awarded second year funding to pursue the Thesis Track program of study, he/she will not be allowed to switch plans.  

D.  Specifics for Plan I: Thesis Track:

1.  Program Requirements:

a. Minimum of 30 semester credit hours including three hours of THFM 6990: Thesis Research.
b. Students may register for a total of 12 hours of THFM 6880 (Internship in Repertory Theatre) but only six hours may count toward graduation.  These will count as approved electives.
c. Only three hours of THFM 6840, 6850 and 6860 may satisfy graduation requirements.
d. During the second year of residency, s/he is required to take a minimum of 9 hours each semester (18 hours total) in the Department of Theatre and Film (one course may be an Independent Readings/Study course). Included in this number of credits is a minimum of three hours of THFM 6990: Thesis Research.  If more than three hours of THFM 6990 are taken, only three will count toward graduation.
e. If a student is pursuing this program of study and has been granted a second year of departmental funding, s/he is required to enroll in at least two graduate courses, totaling at least six credit hours that have been approved by the Graduate Coordinator, during the summer term between the first and second year of study.

2.  Thesis Topic Approval:

a. When electing to follow the M.A. Thesis Track, the student should first submit the names of his or her proposed advisor and committee to the Graduate Coordinator and Departmental Chair for approval.  The committee shall consist of a minimum of two persons (including the advisor). All committee members must have graduate faculty status in the Department of Theatre and Film. Non-tenure-track faculty members are not eligible to serve on thesis committees. The student is responsible for ascertaining each faculty member’s willingness to serve on the committee and having each person sign the required form.
b. After consulting with his/her advisor, the student should submit a proposal for a thesis topic for committee review.  Thesis projects will be approved only when the research proposal is within the capability of the department and University to support, and executable within the three hours of credit that may be earned.
c. The proposal for the thesis should both clearly outline the proposed topic of study, and demonstrate the student’s ability to complete the proposed research.  In order to satisfy this requirement, the student must demonstrate that s/he is thoroughly familiar with existing scholarship in the chosen area.  Students should anticipate that the advisor may ask for substantial revision of the proposal before allowing distribution to the committee as a whole, and should budget their time accordingly.
d. The thesis proposal should include the following components:

*Title
*Relevant background information to introduce and contextualize the proposed area of research
*Concise statement of the central research questions that the study will address
*Discussion of objectives of the study and justification of its significance
*Review of extant scholarship in the field (NOTE: A list of titles of other scholarship is not sufficient to satisfy this requirement. The student must demonstrate that s/he is familiar with other work in the research area and that s/he is prepared to enter into scholarly conversation with others who have made contributions in this field.)
*A discussion of the research methods the student will employ in completing the study
*Principle sources of data
*Limitations of the study (Note: Limitations in this context does not mean an “apologia” for the shortcomings of either the researcher or the proposed study. Rather, it is an opportunity to delineate and justify the boundaries of the study—chronological, geographical, types of data to be considered, etc.)
*Tentative organization of the study into chapters (Note: Proposed chapter titles are not sufficient, and should be supplemented by abstracts or tentative summaries of what will be covered in each section)

e. After securing the advisor’s approval, the student should distribute the thesis proposal to all members of the committee and schedule a defense.  The committee must have the proposal a minimum of two weeks before the defense.  The student should ascertain in which format (paper or electronic) each committee member would prefer all documentation to be delivered.
f. Following the defense, the proposal may be revised according to suggestions made by the committee. Certification of the committee’s approval is made to the Graduate Coordinator by signing the Thesis/Dissertation Topic Approval.  Once the form has been signed by all committee members and the Graduate Coordinator, it is forwarded to the Graduate College for final approval.
g.  The Graduate College requires the student to have at least a 3.0 G.P.A. when submitting a thesis proposal.
h.  The deadline for submitting a thesis topic proposal to the Graduate College is the last day of class the semester before intended graduation.  The Department of Theatre and Film deadlines for departmental approval are: October 1 for spring graduation, February 1 for summer graduation, and May 1 for fall graduation.

3.  Thesis Examination and Approval:

a.  The thesis committee is normally the same committee that approved the topic.  Any changes in the composition of the committee or change in the thesis advisor must be approved by the Graduate Coordinator and Department Chair through the filing of the Change of Advisor/Committee form.
b. The draft of the thesis, which is submitted to the committee, should be complete, readable and contain necessary documentation for bibliographic entries.
c. The use of photographs, images, and extended quoted material (i.e., entire published poems, or lengthy quoted material) requires the consent of the authors/creators.  It is the student’s responsibility to secure those permissions in writing prior to defense of the thesis. Consult with the Graduate College for the exact limitations on the use of others’ material.
d.  The thesis committee should have the draft at least two weeks in advance of the proposed oral defense date.
e.  The student’s advisor will poll the committee to determine whether the thesis is defensible in content and form.  If major revisions are in order prior to oral defense, the student's advisor will develop a plan of action to meet/committee expectations, including postponement of the oral defense, if necessary.
f.  Approval of the thesis and passing of the oral defense is indicated by the committee’s signatures on the ETD Submission/Approval Form. It should be noted that the approval form is divided into two sections, “Final Examination Report” and “Manuscript Approval.”  Thus, it is possible, even though the final oral examination has been passed, for the committee to request substantive changes or additions before approving the manuscript.  In planning to meet Graduate College deadlines, the student should consider this possibility.
g.  The Graduate College requires electronic submission of theses.
h.  Upon final approval of the manuscript, the student is to bring two single-sided, error-free final copies of the thesis to the Department Secretary along with a check for $50.00 made out to the Department of Theatre and Film. This money is to cover the cost of binding of the student’s thesis; one copy goes to Department and one goes to the dissertation advisor.
i.  Those students planning to graduate in August should be aware that the thesis must be completed and distributed to the committee by early June in order to be eligible for summer graduation. It is imperative that students consult the “Important Dates and Deadlines” link found through the Graduate College Web Page and set a timetable for completion accordingly. They should also be aware that many faculty members are not available for consultation during summer term. Therefore, students planning on a summer defense should choose the members of their committee accordingly or make every effort to complete the thesis prior to faculty departing for the summer.  Failure to do so may mean the student will have to postpone oral defense of the thesis and his/her graduation until the fall term.

E.  Specifics for Plan II: Portfolio Track:

1.  Program Requirements:

a.  Minimum of 30 semester hours, 3 of which are THFM 6910: Directed Research in Portfolio Development.
b.  Students may register for a total of 12 hours of THFM 6880 (Internship in Repertory Theatre) but only 6 hours may count toward graduation.  These will count as approved electives.
c.  Only three hours of THFM 6840, 6850 and 6860 can be used to satisfy graduation requirements.

2.  Portfolio Process:

a. Students enrolled in Plan II will complete coursework and a portfolio, which is comprised of a mixture of scholarly work and creative work.  All creative work in the portfolio must include documentation and analysis relating the production of those materials.
b.  Early in the second semester of coursework, students begin the process of articulating the contents of their portfolio with the Portfolio Track Advisor.
c. In conference with the Portfolio Track Advisor, the student will determine whether the balance of the portfolio will conform to Portfolio Option A or Portfolio Option B (both are described below).  On the basis of this discussion, the composition of the committee best suited to evaluate the content of the student’s portfolio will be proposed.  In addition to the Portfolio Track Advisor, one other faculty member with graduate faculty status will serve on the student’s portfolio review committee (submit Chair/Committee Approval Form by February 1st).
d. Students who wish to graduate in spring will submit the portfolio materials to their portfolio committee chair by April 1 in preparation for a full committee review later that month, while those working toward an August graduation will submit materials by June 1 in preparation for a full committee review in June or early July. Please note that the aforementioned dates are approximations.  It is imperative that students consult the “ Important Dates and Deadlines” link found through the Graduate College Web Page.
e.  Portfolios will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. Students whose portfolio materials are deemed unsatisfactory during this assessment will have the opportunity to revise and resubmit for a second assessment. Students who twice fail the portfolio review will be subject to termination from the program.                                                                                                                f. Students should also be aware that not all faculty members are available for consultation and/or oral defense during the summer term. Therefore, students planning on a summer defense should choose the members of their committee accordingly.               g. Approval of the portfolio and passing of the oral defense is indicated by the committee’s signatures on the Master’s Plan II Report.

3.  Contents of the M.A. Portfolio:

a. A resume or CV appropriate to the student’s stated professional goals and objectives and suitable for inclusion as part of a job application
b.  A four to six page professional profile or statement of purpose, appropriate for submission as part of a job application or application to an academic program
c. In addition to the resume and statement of purpose, the contents of the portfolio may take one of two forms.  

i. Portfolio Option A is to include two examples of the student’s critical writing and one example of the student’s creative practical work that have been completed during the master’s degree at BGSU.
ii. Portfolio Option B is to include two examples of the student’s creative practical work and one example of the student’s critical writing that have been completed during the master’s degree at BGSU.

d. The examples of the student’s critical writing must be substantively revised and expanded versions of papers originally drafted in graduate level courses taken at BGSU while enrolled in the M.A. program.  The papers should be no less than 20 pages each in length and should cite a range of critical sources, including journal articles, books, or contributions to edited volumes. Students should be aware that simply cleaning up the grammar and typos on a class term paper will be highly unlikely to produce work suitable to satisfy this requirement.
e. Examples of appropriate creative projects to include in the portfolio may include (but are not limited to):

*An original script or adaptation
*An original translation of a short play or critical article
*A director’s or dramaturg’s notebook with detailed analysis and documentation of research leading to the development of a production concept
*A design concept for a specific production, supplemented with appropriate models, renderings, or other suitable forms of notation, along with a detailed analysis of the research process and the reasons behind the creative choices that were made
*An actor’s journal describing preparation for performance of a substantive role in a professional or university theatre production, along with analysis of the actor’s process of research and preparation (which should include some sort of detailed textual analysis or use of appropriate secondary sources)
*An original video production or performance installation
*A community-based project in theatre or oral history
Under no circumstances should students complete two projects in the same area of theatre practice (for example, two costume design projects or two original scripts).

f. For Option B, at least one of the creative projects must originate as an assignment in one of the design courses.  Thus, this example of the student’s creative work would not be creatively confined to practical restrictions that would have been imposed during an actual production. For Option A, the creative project must be one that originated in one of the design courses.

F.  Timeline for Degree:
It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of all deadlines pertaining to completion of the degree. While the norm for the PortfolioTrack would is two semesters and a summer, the norm for completing the Thesis Track is two full academic years, students may find the program takes longer or shorter depending on when they complete the requirements.  Furthermore, students need to be aware that every time they turn in documents to their advisor and/or committee, a two-week “read” time is given to the reader(s).  Moreover, certain weeks during the year are not counted in the two-week “read” time: Fall Break,  Winter break, Thanksgiving break, Spring Break, the weeks following spring semester and prior to the first summer session, and the weeks following the end of the second summer session and the beginning of the fall semester.  It is also important to remember that the chair and committee members may not be available during the summer at all if they are not on summer contract.  Consequently, each of these times may elongate the turn around time for the return of these documents to the student for revision or in preparation to take the work to committee. Lastly, students must be aware that they must register for at least one credit hour during the semester in which s/he will graduate.

G.  Process for Completing Forms:
Students are advised that they are responsible for collecting all appropriate signatures.  Once all signatures have been collected, the student must then take the form to the Administrative Secretary in the Main Office of the Department of Theatre and Film and the appropriate copies will be made and given to the appropriate parties.  Copies must be made before the forms are turned into the Graduate College.

H. Graduate Community Participation
Students admitted to the graduate program in the Department of Theatre and Film at Bowling Green State University are asked to remember that they are members of a professional community. As such, they are expected to participate in the life of the department. What follows are the minimum expectations for your participation. First, students are expected to support your colleagues and peers by attending BGSU Department of Theatre and Film productions. Second, they are encouraged to take on production responsibilities insofar as your course work and, if funded, assistantship duties will permit. Third, all graduate students are expected to keep the hour of eleven o’clock to noon on Thursdays free for our Graduate Professional Seminar and to attend the seminar when it is convened. Over the course of the academic year, Graduate Seminar programming will include workshops, post-performance production discussions, and research presentations by graduate students, faculty, and guests scholars.

A.  Registration Procedures:

1.  Registration for the first term of study will be completed by the Departmental Administrative Secretary, following consultation with the Graduate Coordinator. Registration for subsequent semesters must be approved by the Graduate Coordinator and/or the student’s advisor and will also be completed by the Departmental Administrative Secretary.
2.  Registration for THFM 6840, 6850, 6860, and 6880 sections must be added to the student’s academic schedule by the Departmental Administrative Secretary.  The Independent Study Request form must be completed and must be approved by the course/project supervisor, the Graduate Coordinator/student advisor, and the Chair of the Department of Theatre and Film.
3. Changes in registration after the semester begins will result in fees being assessed according to the Registration and Records Refund Schedule. If fees are assessed for changes in registration, the student will bear the financial burden of those fees.

B.   Limits on Hours of Registration:

1.  No student may register for more than 18 hours of credit without permission from the Graduate Dean.
2.  Students holding assistantships are required to register for 12 hours of credit during the fall and the spring semester and 6 hours of credit during the summer.
3. When a student pursuing the Thesis Track is awarded second year funding, s/he will be required to take 9 hours each semester (18 hours total) in the Department of Theatre and Film (one course may be an Independent Readings/Study course).  Included in this numbers is a mim=nimum of 3 hours of THFM6990: Thesis Research.

C.   Registration for 7000 Level Courses:

1.  7000 level courses are designed primarily for doctoral students.  Students pursuing the Thesis Track program may be allowed to register for 7000 level courses after completing their first year of study and with Graduate Coordinator approval.
2.  Under exceptional circumstances, an instructor may grant permission for a first year M.A. student, who is not in the Thesis Track program, to register for a specific course if s/he demonstrates appropriate background and knowledge.  These decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.

D.   Registration when Not In Residence:
The Graduate College mandates continuous registration for one hour each semester if a student leaves the campus with all requirements for the degree done except the thesis or portfolio.  This registration is not done automatically.  This criterion does not include summer session unless graduating in August.

E.  Repair Courses:

1.  Students who have not had at least one undergraduate course in the following areas are expected to enroll for undergraduate credit in these areas: Acting, Stagecraft, Lighting, and Directing.
2.  Students registering for these undergraduate repair courses must register for a P/NP grade; the courses must be passed with a grade of “C” or better.
3.  Graduate students who wish to enroll in 9 or more undergraduate credit hours per semester may be granted a leave of absence from their graduate status for a period not to exceed one calendar year, which is granted through the Graduate Dean.
4.  In some cases, practical experience (i.e., work in summer stock, professional or community theatre) will be considered a reasonable equivalence for repair courses.
5.  Students wishing to waive repair courses should submit a written statement documenting the nature of the equivalency to the Graduate Coordinator.  The decision to waive a repair course is subject to the approval of the Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Theatre and Film.

A.  Incompletes:
An INC (incomplete) is given only when, for some approved reason, a student fails to take the final examination or to fullfill a definite requirement in a course.  An INC can be removed and a grade substituted if the student completes course requirements to the satisfaction of the instructor prior to the deadline established by the Graduate College.  An individual instructor may come to an agreement with his or her student for an earlier deadline for removal of incomplete grade.  For courses taken S/U, any mark of INC not removed by these deadlines will change to U.  For courses taken for a letter grade, any mark of INC not removed by these deadlines will change to F.  A student cannot graduate with a grade of INC.  The Graduate Dean has the authority to extend the deadline for an incomplete.  The student must petition for such consideration in writing and prior to the expiration deadline.  The instructor's support is required for approval of the request. 

B.   Probation:

1.  Grounds for Probation:
Students failing to meet the following minimal standards may be dropped from the program or placed on probation at the discretion of the Graduate Faculty or the Graduate Dean:

a.  Students must maintain a graduate grade point average of 3.0 or better.
b.  Students must make satisfactory progress toward a degree.  To maintain satisfactory progress a student must complete, at least, all courses attempted each semester

2.  Effects of Probation:
Students on probation will be subject to the following regulations:

a.  Students on probation will not be granted permission to enroll for more than 12 hours of credit.
b.  Students on probation may not seek approval for a thesis topic (M.A. Plan I), nor apply for portfolio review (M.A. Plan II).
c.  Assistantships may be removed from students on probation.

Students remaining on probationary status for more than one semester will generally be dropped from the program.

C.   Policy on Dropping Graduate Students:

1.  If the Department of Theatre and Film recommends that a student be dropped from a degree program, the student is dropped immediately as a degree-seeking student, although the student can continue course work.
2.  If on an assistantship, the student is immediately and automatically removed from that assignment as well.  If dropped, the student must petition the department for reinstatement as a degree student.

D.   Revalidation of Course Work:

1.  Credit for work older than six years will not apply toward degree requirements unless revalidated by a formal examination or by re-taking the courses.
2.  Applications on a form available in the Graduate College must be submitted through the following channels:

a.  Chair, Department of Theatre and Film
b.  Graduate Faculty in the Department of Theatre and Film
c.  Departmental Graduate Coordinator
d.  Graduate Dean

E.  Time Limits on Completion of Degree:

1.  Work must be completed within the compass of six years.
2.  Course work that becomes outdated may be revalidated by a formal examination.

F.   Transfer Credit:

1.  The Graduate College limits the number of graduate hours, which may be transferred from another institution to nine.
2.  These must be approved by the Graduate Faculty in the Department of Theatre and Film and the Graduate Dean.
3.  Approval for transfer credit can only be granted once the student has satisfactorily completed eight hours of graduate work at BGSU.  An official transcript must be received by the Graduate College before credit can be approved for transfer.  Credit may be transferred only for courses in which the student received the grades of A or B. Credit for an S grade may be transferred only if the grade is regarded by the grading school as B or better.

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  • “The Fragmented Artist: Representations of Tennessee Williams in Biographical Solo Performance”
  • "Transformative Intersection: Theatre Adaptation in Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses"
  • "Surviving Antigone: Anouilh, Adaptation, and the Archive"
  • "An Unfriendly Spirit: Bipolar Disorder in/as Performance"
  • Crossing the Aether-Net: Community and the Theatre of Team Starkid"