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Theatre Arts

Graduate Programs

Master of Business Administration / Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Management (code THEAMZ01)

The MBA/MFA degree will prepare arts professionals in all areas of both arts administration and business for professional careers in arts management—in performing and exhibiting arts organizations, in arts service organizations, in government, funding agencies and arts councils. The program prepares students for high level administrative positions and provides the background essential for advancement in professional management careers.


Candidates for this program must hold the equivalent of an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning with a minimum of 24 units of upper division work in Theatre Arts. They should have achieved an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 (B-) and 3.0 GPA in upper division theatre courses. All candidates for admission are required to complete the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and achieve a score of at least 475. The GMAT measures general verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills that are developed over a long period of time and are associated with success in the first year of study at graduate schools of management. For each applicant, there is a departmental evaluation, based upon diagnostic examination and an analysis of official undergraduate transcripts to determine deficiencies and all areas which must be strengthened by the graduate program.


Business Core 1 (12 units)

  • Take all the following courses:
    • ACCT 500 Managerial and Financial Accounting (3)
    • FIN 501 Financial Management Concepts (3)
    • MGMT 500 Business Policies/Operations/Organizations (3)
    • MKTG 500 Marketing Concepts (3)

Business Core 2 (21 units)

  • Take all the following courses:
    • ACCT 610 Advanced Cost Accounting, Budgeting and Control (3)
    • FIN 600 Seminar in Business Finance (3)
    • HRM 652 Sem in Human Resources Management (3)
    • IS 601 Quantitative Methods for Managerial Decision Making (3)
    • IS 602 Management of Information Systems (3)
    • MGMT 647 Seminar in Management Planning and Control Systems (3)
    • MKTG 661 Seminar in Marketing Policies (3)

Business Elective (3 units)

Theatre Core (9 units)

  • Take all the following courses:
    • THEA 523 Theory/Practice Contemporary Theatre (3)
    • THEA 524 Dramaturgy (3)
    • THEA 696 Aesthetic Theory and Conceptualization (3)

Theatre Management (24 units)

  • Take all the following courses:
    • THEA 502 Seminar in Theatre Management I (3)
    • THEA 503 Leadership and the Arts (3)
    • THEA 504 Managing Not-For-Profit Arts Organization (3)
    • THEA 507 Entertainment Law (3)
    • THEA 550 Computer Graphics for Theatre (3)
    • THEA 602 Seminar in Theatre Management II (6)
    • THEA 603 Producing Commercial Theatre (3)

Theatre Practicum (12 units)

  • Take all the following courses:
    • THEA 517 Repertory Theatre I (4)
    • THEA 518 Repertory Theatre II 4)
    • THEA 519 Repertory Theatre III (4)

Culminating Thesis/Project (3 units)

  • Take the following course:
    • THEA 699 MFA Thesis/Project (1-6)

Theatre Electives (6 units)

  • Electives from the University at large (per advisement)