Jun 12, 2024  
2024-2025 University Catalog 
2024-2025 University Catalog

Theatre Arts, Directing Concentration, M.F.A.

(60 UNITS)

Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts

The Master of Fines Arts in Theatre Arts is for students who desire a professionally oriented education and training in design and technical production, and directing. Based on a student’s previous undergraduate or professional experience, substitutions or revisions in the study plan might be appropriate. Average length of time to complete the program is three years.

At the end of each semester, M.F.A. candidates shall be evaluated by a faculty committee. The committee, by recommendation to the Associate Vice President for Academic Programs, has the authority to retain, dismiss or place candidates on academic notice. Students will be assessed on professionalism, collegiality and progress in coursework and departmental productions.

Application Deadlines

Applications for the Directing concentration are accepted in the fall semester only in odd-numbered years (i.e., Fall 2009, 2011, etc.) for admission in even-numbered years (i.e. Fall 2010, 2012, etc.) Applications for the Design/Technical Production Concentration are accepted every fall semester. The deadline for completing online applications is March 1 for the following fall semester; mailed applications also need to be postmarked by March 1. This deadline may change based upon enrollment projections.

Call the Theatre and Dance Department (657-278-3628) to satisfy additional requirements for consideration, including nterviews for directors and design portfolios for design/production students.

Admission to Graduate Standing - Classified

Students must meet the CSU requirements for admission to a master’s degree program. Please consult the Graduate Admissions  section in this catalog for complete information. In addition, applicants must meet the following for admission to the program and classified standing:

  • B.A., B.F.A. or M.A. from an accredited college or university with a major in theatre; or a degree in a related field and extensive work in technical design and production, or directing.
  • Complete an oral interview and receive a satisfactory review of their portfolio.
  • Acceptance by the faculty.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in all upper-division undergraduate work in theatre. A minimum GPA of 2.75 for the last half of the undergraduate program.
  • Complete any additional prerequisites that may be required by the student’s individual committee prior to classification.
  • Select a graduate adviser and committee. Total committee membership should be three or four faculty members, including the adviser.

Admission to Graduate Standing - Conditionally Classified

Students who do not meet certain prerequisites may be considered for admission in conditionally classified graduate standing. Consult the graduate program adviser.


* Must take for a total 6 units.

Culminating Experience (6 units)

Directing Concentration (27 units)

The Directing concentration prepares students for a career in directing plays and musicals. The curriculum core requires study in acting, directing, design and production, history, literature and theatre criticism. Students are required to participate in department production activities, including plays, musicals, dance and opera.

Total (60 units)