IX. Graduate Programs


MA Program

The Masters of Arts Degree in Drama is a research-based degree that offers students the opportunity of working with award winning theatre scholars and practitioners. The program provides an integrated graduate education that applies several dynamic approaches to theatre studies that merge theory and practice.. Students take four courses, including two mandatory courses and two elective courses. The required courses include i) DRMA*6220 Theatre/Theory, which provides a context for the discipline and establishes a consistent discourse for students working in the program; and ii) DRMA*6150 Theatre Historiography, a course that introduces students to the theory and practice of theatre-historical analysis, situating selected aspects of theatre history as a practice and an institution, providing opportunities for students to pursue in depth an area of specialized research.

Elective courses are subject to the special interests of faculty research and practice; these courses will rotate regularly among core faculty. For their electives students may take any graduate course offered in English or Drama, and may apply to take graduate courses in other programs. Prospective students are expected to become familiar with current offerings.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the minimum requirements stated elsewhere in the Graduate Calendar, applicants to the MA Program in Drama would normally be expected to have a baccalaureate degree in an honours program (or equivalent) in drama or literature from a recognized post-secondary institution with at least a high second-class standing (78% or higher) in the last two years of study. Students with degrees with excellent academic records in other related disciplines will also be considered. In very exceptional circumstances, an applicant may lack the required Honours degree but may be assessed as qualified to undertake the MA program in Drama on the basis of other experience and practice. For details, contact the Graduate Coordinator.

Applicants are not required to write the Graduate Record Examination. Successful applicants will be admitted in the Fall Semester, the Program’s only entry point. Completed applications should arrive in the School of English and Theatre Studies by February 1 of the year in which the applicant wishes to begin study.

Applicants whose first language is not English are required to submit documentation of English language proficiency at the time of application.

Degree Requirements

All entering MA students will register for DRMA*6220 and DRMA*6150. These courses will be taken upon entrance, in the student’s first semester. Students may choose between two options for completion of degree requirements:

  1. Course Work Option: the required DRMA*6220 and DRMA*6150 plus two Drama elective courses, plus either DRMA*6500 (approx. 7,500 words) or DRMA*6280.

  2. Thesis Option: the required DRMA*6220 and DRMA*6150, plus an original research-based thesis (approx. 20,000 to 25,000 words)

Both the thesis and the research paper may, with approval, and contingent upon faculty availability, be completed as exercises in creative writing accompanied by critical and theoretical commentary.

Internship Opportunities

All students may apply to the Graduate Studies Committee to include an internship as part of their program as a course, or as a component of the Major Research Paper or thesis. Internships are not guaranteed, and it is the responsibility of students to make arrangements with their hosts and submit a thorough application including a clear statement of how the internship articulates and supports their program of research.

Library Resources

The University of Guelph’s library resources are remarkable for all aspects of the study of drama and theatre, and particularly for archival and special collections in Canadian Theatre, theatre and performance history, theatre festivals, and individual authors. Applicants who wish to work with these collections are especially welcome.

University of Guelph
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Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1