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Theatre, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #651 (QS) , LA,
The PhD faculty in Theatre at LSU are committed to providing students with the necessary tools to compete in a rapidly diversifying job market. We focus on honing students’ skills in writing rigorous scholarship, teaching a broad range of theatre classes, and enhancing production experience, especially in the areas of dramaturgy and directing. 

About

The program’s curriculum provides students with a broad knowledge of theatre historiography, theory, literature, and criticism. In addition, students pursue a minor area of study in a field outside theatre, such as Women’s and Gender Studies, Performance Studies, History, Anthropology, and English. 

The faculty balances our program’s generalist foundation with particular expertise in gender and queer studies, critical race theory, African and African diasporic studies, political and social change performance, and sports history. We mentor students as teaching assistants and instructors for classes from Introduction to Theatre, Theatre History, Acting, Directing, and the option to teach Special Topics courses of the student’s choosing in their third or fourth year. We encourage PhD students to participate in productions as actors, directors, playwrights, designers, and/or dramaturgs.

The program is tailored to suit the needs and goals of each student. Once students choose a major advisor at the end of coursework, they work with that faculty member to ensure they spend the remainder of their time acquiring the necessary experience to prepare them for the position they seek whether inside or outside academia. 

The students’ dissertations are similarly crafted towards the audience that student hopes to go on to work with whether academic or professional, or both. Our students go on to become professors at research one and liberal arts institutions, professors at community colleges, teachers in public and private high schools, and dramaturgs and literary managers at professional theatres.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    54 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Graduate Study in Theatre 
  • Drama of the African Diaspora 
  • Theater History
  • Dramatic Literature
  • Theory
  • Criticism
  • Theater Studies

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    79

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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  • Minimum required score:

    59

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Admission requirements:
  • Statement of purpose
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Official transcripts
  • A copy of the name page of your passport
  • A completed Affidavit of Support and supporting financial documents 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29443 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29443 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    29443 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29443 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • In-State

    12528 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12528 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
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