Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to apply to the M.A. in Theatre program?

You need to submit a completed application for admission to the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (including three letters of recommendation, a resume of relevant experience, undergraduate transcripts & general GRE scores. Acting scholar applicants should include a headshot.) Your non-refundable application fee will be waived if you attend an Open House.

Scholarship and Assistantship applicants must also submit a Theatre Department Scholarship & Assistantship Application.

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Do I have to have an undergraduate degree in Theatre in order to apply to the program?

No. Students matriculate into the program from a wide variety of undergraduate majors, spanning the humanities and the sciences.  The result is a vibrant, diverse community of scholars with a passion for theatre as a common denominator. 

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Do you offer a concentration in theatre administration?

Yes. The Theatre Department now offers an M.A. in Theatre with a Certificate in Nonprofit Management.

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I am interested in applying for an assistantship or scholarship. What opportunities are available?

Any student interested in applying for an assistantship or scholarship must submit a complete application for admission and Scholarship/Assistantship application by February 1 of the year in which you wish to enroll. Assistantships provide tuition remission and a stipend.

In the Theatre Department, assistantships are available in the areas of set construction, costume construction, properties construction and public relations. There are also a limited number of acting and research scholarships which provide tuition remission. There are also funding opportunities outside the Theatre Department. For complete information, please see our Funding Fact Sheet.

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What are the deadlines for admission to the graduate programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences?

The deadlines for our Masters programs are as follows:

Fall Admission– Deadline is March 1st but applications may be considered until August 1st*

Spring Admission– Deadline is November 15th but applications may be considered until December 1st*

Summer Admission – Deadline is May 1st

*Please note that early applications are always encouraged since available spaces in a program may fill before the “Applications may be Considered Until” date. Not all programs will review late applications. Please check with your program if applying close to the deadline.

In addition, if you are applying for a scholarship or assistantship, the deadline is February 1st

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What are the tuition rates for graduate courses?

Villanova offers competitively affordable tuition rates. In 2012-2013 all courses in Villanova’s Graduate College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are $700.00 per credit. Almost all graduate courses are 3 credit courses. Teachers and educators in public and private schools receive a tuition reduction of 20%, and those in Catholic schools receive a tuition reduction of 40%.

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Is financial aid available to graduate students?

Yes! Financial assistance is available to all matriculated/degree-seeking students in a graduate level program. In order to receive assistance you must be enrolled in at least 3 credit hours in the summer, fall, or spring semester. Meghan Petsko ( is the representative in the financial aid office dedicated to assisting graduate students.

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How long does it take to complete a Master's degree?

Generally, students complete all the requirements for their Master’s degree in 2 years, although students are permitted up to 6 years to complete their degree.  Almost all of our graduate programs require 30 to 36 credits, or ten to twelve courses, for the degree.

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Can I take one class and not enroll as a full-time student?

Yes, you would be considered a part-time student. You need to fill out a graduate school application as a special student and submit your application along with undergraduate transcripts and two letters of recommendation. 

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What is the average GRE score for incoming students?

Generally, our programs expect applicants to have GRE scores in the 60th percentile or higher. The GRE is just one of several factors taken into account when admissions decisions are made, however, and admissions committees look at every aspect of an individual’s application.

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What GPA is required for admission to Villanova’s graduate programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences?

A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required for admission.

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Are there practicum or contract requirements in order to complete the degree?

Yes. All M.A. students must complete three practicum in order to graduate.  Practicum may be completed as an actor, stage manager, assistant stage manager, run crew, wardrobe, light board, sound board. Elisa Hibbs coordinates practicum staffing.

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Can I audition for the plays if I am not a student in the Master's program?

Yes. Anyone may audition for our productions. Undergraduate Theatre minors are encouraged to audition and, if cast, can count their role in the production towards their practicum requirements.

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