The one-year M.A. program offers a solid foundation in performance scholarship in a concentrated period of time. The program consists of three semesters of full-time course work, beginning with an exciting Summer Institute.
The curriculum includes two required courses--Introduction to Performance Studies and Projects in Performance Studies--which are complemented by seven courses chosen in consultation with the student’s faculty adviser according to individual interests and needs. Students in the program are also encouraged to apply for internships in dramaturgy, museum curating, and other programs with which the department maintains contact.
Students who earn an interdisciplinary degree through the one-year M.A. program gain an academic edge for application into PhD. programs, not only in performance studies, cultural studies, and visual studies, but also in traditional disciplines such as English, anthropology, theatre, history, and sociology, as well as area studies such as Latin/o America and the Caribbean, African and African American, and Asian American studies.
Graduates of the M.A. program are currently pursuing careers as artists, writers, researchers, editors, performers, choreographers, directors, arts administrators, archivists, curators, radio broadcasters, and teachers.
The M.A. in Performance Studies is awarded by NYU's Graduate School of Arts and Science.
Advantages of the One-Year M.A. Format
- Complete degree requirements in just 12 months
- Concentrated format makes the program easier to finance
- Completion in May facilitates students applying to Ph.D. programs for September