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Drama & Theater Arts at New York University

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Drama & Theater Arts at New York University

Every drama and theater arts school has its own distinct culture and strengths. We've pulled together some statistics and other details to help you see how the theater program at New York University stacks up to those at other schools.

NYU is located in New York, New York and has a total student population of 52,775. In the 2020-2021 academic year, 343 students received a bachelor's degree in theater from NYU.

Want to know more about the career opportunities in this field? Check out the Careers in Drama & Theater Arts section at the bottom of this page.

NYU Drama & Theater Arts Degrees Available

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Theater
  • Master’s Degree in Theater
  • Doctorate Degree in Theater

NYU Drama & Theater Arts Rankings

The following rankings from College Factual show how the theater progam at NYU compares to programs at other colleges and universities.

Note: Although rankings can help you see some information about a school, it's not a good idea to depend on them alone. Be sure to check out other things about the school before making your decision to attend.

Bachelor’s Degree Overall Quality & Other Notable Rankings

The theater major at NYU is not ranked on College Factual’s Best Colleges and Universities for Drama & Theater Arts. This could be for a number of reasons, such as not having enough data on the major or school to make an accurate assessment of its quality.

Ranking Type Rank
Most Popular Drama & Theater Arts Master’s Degree Schools 1
Most Focused Drama & Theater Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools 100
Best Value Drama & Theater Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools 342

In 2021, 108 students received their master’s degree in theater from NYU. This makes it the #1 most popular school for theater master’s degree candidates in the country.

There were 2 students who received their doctoral degrees in theater, making the school the #11 most popular school in the United States for this category of students.

How Much Do Theater Graduates from NYU Make?

The median salary of theater students who receive their bachelor's degree at NYU is $25,246. This is 15% higher than $21,886, which is the national average for all theater bachelor's degree recipients.


Theater Student Demographics at NYU

Take a look at the following statistics related to the make-up of the theater majors at New York University.

NYU Drama & Theater Arts Bachelor’s Program

65% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
For the most recent academic year available, 35% of theater bachelor's degrees went to men and 65% went to women.


Prospective students may be interested in knowing that this school graduates 4% more racial-ethnic minorities in its theater bachelor's program than the national average.*

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from New York University with a bachelor's in theater.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 21
Black or African American 26
Hispanic or Latino 49
White 170
International Students 34
Other Races/Ethnicities 43

NYU Drama & Theater Arts Master’s Program

63% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The theater program at NYU awarded 108 master's degrees in 2020-2021. About 37% of these degrees went to men with the other 63% going to women. Nationwide, master's degree programs only see 36% men graduate in theater each year. NYU does a better job at serving the male population as it supports 1% more men than average.


Of the students who received a theater master's degree from NYU, 51% were white. This is below average for this degree on the natiowide level.

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from New York University with a master's in theater.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 3
Black or African American 6
Hispanic or Latino 10
White 55
International Students 24
Other Races/Ethnicities 10

NYU also has a doctoral program available in theater. In 2021, 2 students graduated with a doctor's degree in this field.

Careers That Theater Grads May Go Into

A degree in theater can lead to the following careers. Since job numbers and average salaries can vary by geographic location, we have only included the numbers for NY, the home state for New York University.

Occupation Jobs in NY Average Salary in NY
Producers and Directors 26,110 $115,610
Art, Drama, and Music Professors 11,530 $99,870
Fashion Designers 7,550 $95,830
Writers and Authors 7,410 $86,380


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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