Theatre students in the nonprofit management track working on a group project sitting at a table

This program combines the scholarly, creative and practical curriculum of the MA in Theatre with a certificate designed to facilitate a career in the nonprofit sector.

In addition to the theater curriculum, you will take a course in Theatre Administration and four courses from Villanova’s Master of Public Administration Program in Nonprofit Management:

  • Financial Management of Nonprofits
  • Effective Nonprofit Management
  • Nonprofit Fundraising
  • One elective

This unique combination of creative, practical theatre and nonprofit management expertise can position you for a sustainable career in the nonprofit sector.


In addition to traditional theatre curriculum, you will take Theatre Management (offered by the Theatre Department) and four courses from Villanova’s Master of Public Administration program:

  • Financial Management (MPA 8003)
  • Effective Nonprofit Management (MPA 8600)
  • Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations (MPA 8700)
  • One elective

The MA in Theatre is 30 credits. The Certificate in Non-Profit Management is 15 credits. In order to combine the MA in Theatre with the certificate, an additional six credits are needed, bringing the total number of credits for students who plan to do both to 36 credits. 

When you begin your application for the MA in Theatre, you can choose the Certificate in Non-Profit Management as your secondary program. Applicants must be accepted into the Theatre program and the Public Administration program separately.


Ready for the Next Step?

Department of Theatre and Studio Art
800 E. Lancaster Ave.
Villanova, PA 19085



Fall Assistantship: February 1

Fall: August 1

Spring: December 1

Summer: May 1

If you have missed a deadline, please contact Edward Sobel to discuss your options.

Begin your application.


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