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Theatre, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #8 (ARWU) , NY,
Administered by the Department of English and Comparative Literature and the Theatre Program, the Columbia Ph.D. Program in Theatre encourages students to explore the reciprocal relationships between performance and scholarship, criticism and creation, theory and practice in one of the world's great centers of theatrical performance, New York City.

About

The program is designed at once to provide the opportunity for students to familiarize themselves with the prevailing traditions of Western and non-Western drama, theatre, and performance scholarship, as well as to identify a specific trajectory of individual research. Overseen by an interdepartmental committee – faculty are drawn from the Department of English and Comparative Literature, the Theatre Program of the School of the Arts, the Center for Comparative Literature and Society, Germanic Languages, Philosophy, Classics, and others – the program encourages students to pursue interdisciplinary research across the wide spectrum of theatre and performance studies.

 

The relatively small size of the program ensures a close working relationship with supervising faculty; doctoral students in Theatre also work with doctoral students in other humanities fields, as well as with Theatre Program MFA students in Directing, Dramaturgy, and Playwriting.

 

Doctoral students are typically admitted with a six-year package of funding, which combines both fellowship and teaching support. In the past decade, Ph.D. students from the program have been appointed to tenure-track positions in a range of fields at Stanford, Princeton, Boston University, Indiana University, King's College London, The University of Texas at Austin, to name a few.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

For the PhD degree, students submit and defend a scholarly dissertation on their choice of topic, subject to approval by the interdepartmental committee and a faculty sponsor.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    100

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    600

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

  • Minimum required score:

    7.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

Students entering the program have strong backgrounds in both the academic study of performance and performance practice, and the program is designed to enable the further exploration of the relationship between the study and the practice of performance. 

  • transcripts of all previous post-secondary education 
  • a statement of academic purpose
  • a curriculum vitae or résumé
  • three letters of recommendation from academic sources 
  • GRE scores and, if applicable, results of the TOEFL or IELTS examination to fulfill the English Proficiency Requirement
  • a sample of scholarly writing, if required by the department or program
  • payment of the application fee

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 USD per semester and a duration of 36 months.
  • National Applies to you

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 USD per semester and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Manhattan

  • 2638 - 5760 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Doctoral students are typically admitted with a six-year package of funding, which combines both fellowship and teaching support.

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