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Theatre

Columbia University

72 months
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About

The Ph.D. Program in Theatre at Columbia University 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.

Overview

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.

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 at the Columbia University 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.

Careers

 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.

Programme Structure

Course structure
  • 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.
  • 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.

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Submit:

  • one transcript showing courses and grades per school attended
  •  a statement of academic purpose
  •  a writing sample (a course paper, term paper, etc.)
  • three letters of evaluation from academic sources.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Manhattan

2638 - 5751 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.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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