Oct 17, 2019  
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 

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

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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 www.emich.edu/admissions for minimum scores).
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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.

Department Information:

Communication, Media & Theatre Arts - College of Arts and Sciences

Kathleen Stacey, Ph.D.
Department Head

124 Quirk
(734) 487-3131

Department Website


Advisor Information:

Decky Alexander, MFA

203 Boone Hall
(734) 487-6570


Patricia Zimmer, MFA

714 Pray-Harrold
(734) 487-0031


 Christine Tanner, Ph.D.

102 Quirk Hall
(734) 487- 0032

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:

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

Program Total: 60 hours


* CTAR 601  needs to be taken prior to CTAR 677 

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