Master of Arts in Theatre (Theatre Theory and Dramaturgy)

Additional information


Admission requirements

  • An honours bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) with a specialization or major in Theatre or related discipline; 
    An honours bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in another discipline, with a minor in Theatre and two or more years of relevant experience; 
    An honours bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in another discipline, with three or more years of relevant experience.
  • A minimum overall average of 70% (B), calculated in accordance with FGPS guidelines.

Program requirements

To be eligible, the applicant should have:

  • theoretical grounding in the social, historical, and structural aspects of theatre;
  • a solid background in the literature and theory of drama;
  • knowledge of theatrical practice, including an understanding of the basic techniques of acting, directing, production and theatre administration; and
  • evidence of strong writing and reading skills in either English or French.

Documents required for admission

The following documents are required for admission:

  • the official University of Ottawa application for admission - graduate studies form;
  • a detailed up-to-date curriculum vitae;
  • an official transcript of the applicant’s academic record covering all previous university studies;
  • a letter of intent by the applicant (three  pages maximum), setting out the reasons for wishing to pursue graduate studies and a description of the areas of interest in regard to possible thesis topics;
  • a sample of an undergraduate paper (scholarly writing);
  • three letters of recommendation.

These documents must be sent to the following address:
Office of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Arts, c/o Graduate Programs - Theatre
55 Laurier Avenue East, Room 8159
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K1N 6N5

Degree requirements

 A total of 27 course credits is required over a maximum of a twenty-month period, including:

  • four core courses of three credits each (12 credits);
    • THE5110  Methodology
    • THE5120  Epistemology of Theatre Studies
    • THE5130 Dramaturgy
    • THE5140 Theory of Performance
  • one elective course taken either within or outside the Department of Theatre (3 credits);
  • the MA thesis (12 credits). 
    • THE6990 Thesis Proposal
    • THE6999 Thesis

The program is governed by the general regulations of the Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

The official version of this information is located on the Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies web site.

Normal sequences for completion


First year 
Fall session

First year 
Winter session

First year 

Second year 
Fall session

Second year 
Winter session

Second year


THE 5110  
THE 5130  

THE 5120  
Epistemology of 
Theatre Studies

MA Thesis*

THE 5140  
Theory of 

THE 6999
MA Thesis

THE 6999
MA Thesis









Thesis Proposal


THE 6990 
Thesis Proposal 





* MA thesis continued once topic is approved.

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