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Theater and Performance Studies, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 72 months
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  • The goal of the program is to produce world-class scholars whose research expands the understanding of theater, performance and performative actions with regard to their historical and cultural significance.
  • The program is small and highly selective; students enjoy intense personal mentoring in their pursuit of scholarship and professional proficiency. Many applicants to the program receive financial support through the granting of teaching assistantships and fellowships. Faculty publications and professional participation cover a broad array of research areas that enable the mentoring of a diverse range of dissertation projects. 
  • Dissertation projects combine original interpretive methodologies derived from critical theories and applied to the study of performance and performative actions. Recent dissertation subjects include digital performance, the costuming of Brazilian popular performances, Chinese and Taiwanese nationalist theater, African American performance and music, contemporary Japanese theater, Korean cinema and performance, Mexicana and Chicana performance, and historical studies of lesbian/feminist and queer performative strategies.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 72 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Students are encouraged to study with scholars in other departments in the field of their research interests and to take advantage of the enormous academic and cultural resources available at UCLA.
  • During the first six quarters (two academic years), students must complete a minimum of 12 graduate courses are required. The remaining nine courses are elective graduate courses, seminars, or tutorials. 
  • Students are regularly enrolled in one seminar within the department and one beyond the department and no more than two electives may be tutorials. These electives must augment the required courses so as to constitute a definable area of study associated with the dissertation topic.
  •  The dissertation is a historical, critical, analytical, or experimental study of a theater or performance studies topic.

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.

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General Requirements

Admission Requirements
  • statement of purpose indicating areas of interest appropriate to the doctoral degree; 
  • a thesis or other writing samples; 
  • evidence of potential as a practicing scholar as indicated by breadth and depth of advanced coursework in history, theory, criticism; 
  • as well as the imagination and quality of scholarly writing and academic achievements; and awards, scholarships, and fellowships.

 In addition, candidates should demonstrate awareness and experience in one of the major fields of theater.

 Applicants may be admitted with an MFA, MA, or BA degree.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    31949 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31949 USD per year and a duration of 72 months.
  • National

    31949 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31949 USD per year and a duration of 72 months.
  • In-State

    16847 USD/year
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    Based on the original amount of 16847 USD per year and a duration of 72 months.
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  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
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