The MFA in Drama lives within the dynamic School of Creative and Performing Arts. Applicants can specialize in Design/Technical, Directing, Playwriting, or Theatre Studies. In each of these areas, students receive expert instruction and supervision from some of Canada’s most recognized scholars, artists, and artist/scholars. Students enjoy high levels of agency within a carefully structured framework as they determine their individual program designs and thesis subjects. The program complements discipline-specific preparation with unique opportunities for interdisciplinary instruction and experience within the School. Graduate students often engage with our performance season and our festival of student work, which supports a wide range of audience relationships. Facilities include graduate student offices, design and costume shops, three thoroughly equipped and staffed theatre spaces (ranging from 150 through 500 seats), and a fourth studio theatre dedicated to faculty and graduate student research.
*PLEASE NOTE: For Fall 2020, the Theatre Studies Specialization welcomes applications from students interested in practice-based research on topics related to alternative performance-creation approaches, including theatrical devising, puppetry, immersive and participatory performance, and site-specific/responsive processes. We expect to welcome applications from students with a broader range of research interests in future years.
Design/Technical (not accepting applications for Fall 2020)
Theatre Studies (see note above regarding research areas accepting applications*)
Outcomes and next steps
Director, Playwright, Devisor, Interdisciplinary Performance or Mixed Media Creator, Speech Writer, Critic, Dramaturg, Literary or Arts manager, Public Servant, Scholar, Instructor, Artistic or Technical Director, Curator, Monologist, Solo Performer, Theatre, Exhibit or Event Designer, Scenographer.
A master’s degree in drama will give you the pre-requisite for a PhD.
Consists of directing of a full length play and submission of a supporting paper.
Thesis - Playwriting
Consists of a full-length play and a supporting paper.
Depending on specialization, students take courses on directing, design/technical, playwriting and/or theatre studies.
Thesis - Design/Technical
Consists of design of a full-length production in two of scene, costume, light and/or sound, and a supporting paper.
Thesis - Theatre Studies
Consists of a substantial scholarly research paper that may be informed by a creative performance project.
Admission requirements and information
Requirements for the Drama Program
A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.
Baccalaureate degree with a major emphasis in the study of drama, with study in the proposed area of specialization.
Applicants to Design/Technical must provide a portfolio of drawings and design work. Applicants to Playwriting must provide a portfolio of creative writing. Applicants to Theatre Studies must provide samples of written work. Applicants to Directing must provide a portfolio including reviews, photographs, video clips, and similar materials related to productions they have directed.
A written application, including a biographical outline of studies and experiences in theatre; a statement of intent outlining proposed project
English language proficiency
An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:
TOEFL score of 86 with no section less than 20 (Internet-based). Our institution code is 0813
IELTS score of 6.5 with no section less than 6.0 (Academic version)
All graduate students must pay general fees each year, as well as program fees.
Estimate for full-time students
Canadian and permanent resident
12 months of study
First 12 months of study
For first year of studies
General fees and program fees
General fees are annual and per-term fees. Annual fees are paid once per year, while per-term are paid each term (3 terms per year).
Program fees cover standard academic costs. Textbooks and other course material costs are not included.
What are annual continuing fees?
Domestic Continuing Fees: $1,627 CAD
International Continuing Fees: $3,693 CAD
Continuing fees apply after the first full year of studies.
Drama has a policy of providing guaranteed funding of a minimum of $10,000 per year for each of the first two years to MFA students. For international students, typical funding includes $10,000 plus a percentage of the difference between domestic and international tuition and program fees.
Fees listed here are estimates only, and have been rounded to the nearest dollar. These amounts should not be considered accurate. All amounts are in Canadian Dollars.
Fees are subject to change.
For more details and the most accurate information go to the Academic Calendar
For more general information, see our Fees and Funding Guide
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