Graduate Degree programs in the Department of Theatre are designed to prepare you for a career as a professor or administrator at major colleges and universities throughout the United States or for a career in professional theatre.

MFA Degree Programs
           MFA – Acting
           MFA – Design
MA Degree Programs (College of Arts and Letters)                       
           MA – Arts and Cultural Management

Available Positions for 2021- 2022 Academic Year:
We are currently recruiting for a cohort of 8 MFA actors for admission to MSU in Fall of 2021. We will be attending New York and Chicago URTAs and have an on-campus audition on January 14, 2021.  Contact Rob Roznowski at to set up MSU auditions and/or site visits. 

We are CURRENTLY accepting applications for the MFA in Design for the 2020-2021 Academic Year. We will be auditioning at the Chicago URTA auditions and at the Pop-Up URTAs at LDI Show in Las Vegas, NV. Those not attending U/RTA or Link may schedule an interview on MSU’s campus. Contact Karen Kangas-Preston for more information. 

Do NOT apply to the Graduate School until you have spoken to the correct faculty representative.

Graduate Assistantships

Application for Graduate Assistantships

The Department of Theatre offers TA positions in:

  • Acting: THR 101, THR 110, THR 201, THR 204, and IAH 241D (Integrative Arts and Humanities) as well as online courses: THR 100, THR 110 THR 330, THR 336, THR 350, and THR 421.
  • Design (Scenery, Costume, Lighting, Sound, Integrated Media) THR 111, THR 111L, THR 211, THR 212, THR 214, THR 216, THR 219, and IAH 241D (Integrative Arts and Humanities) as well as online courses: THR 100, THR 110 THR 330, THR 336, THR 350, and THR 421.

Appointment Length: 9 month FS & SS; 50% time.

Qualifications: Candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree including twenty-four credits in Theatre Studies (or professional equivalences). Once accepted into the MFA in Acting or MFA in Design, the candidate must remain enrolled and in good standing to be eligible.

Job Expectations: Assignments include but are not limited to lab supervision, undergraduate mentoring, grading, and independent teaching. Specific qualifications are dependent on the assignment. 

Graduate Resources

Graduate Employees Union

Graduate assistants and other graduate student employees of the University are covered by a contract negotiated with the Graduate Employees Union.