Theatre for Youth, PhD

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The internationally recognized theatre for youth PhD program at ASU features distinguished faculty, excellent facilities and comprehensive coursework, research guidance and practical experiences in all areas of theatre, educational theatre, community cultural development and theatre for youth. Students receive individualized attention and focused mentorship in a challenging and supportive atmosphere designed to educate future leaders and researchers in the field.

The program's doctoral students complete their course of study equipped to be engaged, thoughtful and innovative leaders in artistry, scholarship, education and research. Graduates are prepared for careers that include teaching artistry, direction and education direction; working as specialists in arts, civic and social profit organizations; becoming members of university and college faculty; and pursuing opportunities in arts entrepreneurship, research and publishing programming.

At A Glance

Theatre for Youth, PhD

Plan of study

The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the School of Film, Dance and Theatre.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in theatre or education from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. GRE exam scores
  4. interview
  5. curriculum vitae
  6. sample of scholarly writing
  7. statement of purpose
  8. three letters of recommendation
  9. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency.

The statement of purpose should explain the applicant's research, artistic and educational philosophies and goals as appropriate to the applicant's desired focus in the doctoral program and how study in the ASU theatre for youth program might particularly suit these goals and philosophies.

Three letters of recommendation from professionals familiar with the applicant's work should address, specifically, the applicant's potential for success in a doctoral program.

Students should see the program website for application deadlines.

Information about this program

Visit the School of Film, Dance and Theatre website for full details.