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 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.  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).

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 (both aesthetic and cultural) 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, 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, and artistry.  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.

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

To apply to the Graduate Program in Theatre at Bowling Green State University (M.A., Ph.D., and the Graduate Certificate in Performance Studies), prospective students must complete the Graduate Program Application.

Prospective students may apply for admission for Fall, Spring, or Summer terms.  However, Assistantships and/or Tuition Scholarships are offered only to those students applying to the M.A. and Ph.D. programs, and seeking to begin the program of study in the Fall term. Students interested in receiving an Assistantship and/or Tuition Scholarship must complete the Application for Assistantship/Tuition Scholarship.  (The application can be found by clicking on the third link of the above list.)

Prospective students seeking Admission and an Assistantship and/or Tuition Scholarship must complete both the Graduate Program Application and the Application for Assistantship/Tuition Scholarship by January 15 proceeding the academic year for which the appointment is desired.