May 27, 2020  
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 

Master of Fine Arts in Applied Drama & Theatre for the Young (ADTY)

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Advisor: Decky Alexander, MFA
Rackham 219

Advisor: Christine Tanner, Ph.D.
102 Quirk Hall

Advisor: Patricia Zimmer, MFA
714 Pray-Harrold

This terminal degree program prepares qualified students for careers involving:

  • Drama/Theatre for developmental, and educational purposes,

  • Drama/Theatre for community engagement,

  • Theatre with young participants, and

  • Theatre for young and intergenerational audiences.

Required core courses are supplemented by elective and cognate courses to achieve a well-rounded knowledge of applied drama and theatre for the young.

Admission Requirements
Applicants must:

  1. Meet the admission requirements for the Graduate School and be accepted into the program by the department;

  2. Have a minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. Exceptions to this requirement can be made if at least 15 hours of graduate work have already been earned with a GPA of 3.0 or higher;

  3. Send samples of previous work (optional); Send to Department

  4. two letters of recommendation (required); Send to Admissions

  5. A Letter of Intent that answers the following question “What prior academic, personal  and professional experiences have led to your interest in pursuing and MFA in Applied Drama and/or Theatre for the Young?”; Send to Department

  6. Interview with at least one program faculty member;

  7. Possess an appropriate foundation in undergraduate studies with relevant extra-academic experiences taken into account for the specific graduate focus chosen; and

  8. In the case of international students, have a minimum TOEFL score (see the Admissions web site at for minimum scores).

Program Requirements
Students must:

  1. Early in their graduate work, prepare an official program of study in consultation with an assigned graduate advisor and file it with the Office of Records and Registration;

  2. Meet all conditions stipulated upon entry into the program;

  3. Satisfactorily complete a mid-program review after two or three semesters in the program; and

  4. Complete a minimum of 60 hours of approved course work beyond the bachelor’s degree with an overall GPA of at least 3.0, or a minimum of 30 hours beyond an appropriate master’s degree, as identified in the official program of study.

Course Requirements:

The Master of Fine Arts in Applied Drama and Theatre for the Young requires the completion of 60 hours of course work to be distributed among required courses, required research courses, elective courses and internship/practicum credits as follows:

Required Practicum/Internship: 4 hours

Elective Courses: 15 hours

Fifteen hours from within the CMTA department and/or from other departments are to be selected in consultation with the student’s graduate advisor. Suggested electives are as follows:

Program Total: 60 hours


* CTAR 601  needs to be taken prior to CTAR 677 

Undergraduate Courses for Graduate Credit: Communication, Media and Theatre Arts

The following courses may be elected for graduate credit. A maximum of nine hours of approved 400-level course work may be permitted in the earning of any graduate degree.

If you intend to enroll in any of the following undergraduate courses for graduate credit, you must submit a request form to the Graduate School to receive permission before enrolling in the course; otherwise, you will receive undergraduate credit.

Additional 400-level undergraduate courses also are available to graduate students under special circumstances. On this matter the student should have a clear understanding with the department and the Graduate School before expecting to use such courses toward a master of arts or a master of fine arts in the Department of Communication, Media and Theatre Arts.

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