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Master’s Degrees in Drama & Theater Arts

1,783 Yearly Graduations
$26,850 Median Salary
$74,244 Median Debt
There are 187 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a master's degree in theater. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 23% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 12.0% of theater graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Theater Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 1,783 students earned their master's degree in theater. This makes it the 78th most popular master's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in theater at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 12,791
Master’s Degree 1,783
Associate’s Degree 1,667
Undergraduate Certificate 809
Basic Certificate 575
Doctor’s Degree 88
Graduate Certificate 13

Earnings of Theater Majors With Master’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in theater is $26,850. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $24,700 and the high is $32,000.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in theater is $74,244. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $94,804 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $42,390.

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The median monthly payment of a theater graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $865.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their master's degree in theater. About 57.9% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 751
Women 1,032
Gender Diversity of Master's Degrees in Theater

The racial-ethnic distribution of theater master’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 37
Black or African American 167
Hispanic or Latino 155
White 1,050
International Students 214
Other Races/Ethnicities 160
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Theater Master's Degree Students

There are 187 colleges that offer a master’s degree in theater. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

New York University

New York, New York
128 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New York University tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for theater majors who are seeking their master's degree. Roughly 52,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,684 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $33,408 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 128 people received their master's degree in theater from NYU. About 64% of this group were women, and 23% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

56 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for theater majors who are seeking their master's degree is Columbia University in the City of New York. Roughly 31,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,763 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $47,600 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 56 people received their master's degree in theater from Columbia. About 64% of this group were women, and 32% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

New York Film Academy

Burbank, California
56 Yearly Graduations
46% Women
7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for theater majors who are seeking their master's degree is New York Film Academy. Each year, around 1,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $29,434 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $33,058 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 56 people received their master's degree in theater from New York Film Academy. Around 7% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 46% were women.

#4

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
54 Yearly Graduations
48% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for theater majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Southern California. Each year, around 48,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,256 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,272 per year.

The theater program at University of Southern California awarded 54 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 48% were women and 44% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

51 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Savannah College of Art and Design is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in theater. Roughly 14,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $37,575 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $38,475 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 51 master's degrees were handed out to theater majors at SCAD. Around 31% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 75% were women.

#6

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut
46 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for theater majors who are seeking their master's degree is Yale University. Roughly 13,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,500 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $43,300 per year.

The theater program at Yale University awarded 46 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 30% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 52% were women.

#7

Mary Baldwin University

Staunton, Virginia
33 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
6% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Mary Baldwin University is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in theater. Each year, around 1,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $30,690 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,000 per year.

The theater program at Mary Baldwin University awarded 33 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 82% were women and 6% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

California Institute of the Arts

Valencia, California
32 Yearly Graduations
66% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California Institute of the Arts is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in theater. Each year, around 1,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,850 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $50,850 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 32 master's degrees were handed out to theater majors at CalArts. Around 25% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 66% were women.

#9

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida
30 Yearly Graduations
40% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Florida State University comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in theater. Each year, around 42,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,640 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,684 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 30 people received their master's degree in theater from Florida State. About 40% of this group were women, and 30% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

Pace University - New York

New York, New York
29 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for theater majors who are seeking their master's degree is Pace University - New York. Roughly 13,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $44,714 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $31,320 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 29 people received their master's degree in theater from Pace University. About 52% of this group were women, and 17% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

Regent University

Virginia Beach, Virginia
28 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Regent University is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in theater. Roughly 10,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $17,220 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $15,552 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 28 people received their master's degree in theater from Regent. Of these students, 64% were women and 18% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#12

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
27 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Carnegie Mellon University is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in theater. Each year, around 14,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,816 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $45,037 per year.

The theater program at Carnegie Mellon University awarded 27 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 7% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 67% were women.

#13

DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois
26 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

DePaul University is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in theater. Each year, around 22,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $40,551 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $19,584 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 26 people received their master's degree in theater from DePaul. About 65% of this group were women, and 35% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#13

Academy of Art University

San Francisco, California
26 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
4% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Academy of Art University is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in theater. Roughly 9,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $23,112 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $25,992 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 26 people received their master's degree in theater from Academy of Art University. Around 4% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 69% were women.

#15

University of Houston

Houston, Texas
22 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Houston is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in theater. Each year, around 46,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,219 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,370 per year.

The theater program at University of Houston awarded 22 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 18% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 59% were women.

#15

George Washington University

Washington, District of Columbia
22 Yearly Graduations
68% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

George Washington University is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in theater. Each year, around 27,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $54,453 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $31,770 per year.

The theater program at George Washington University awarded 22 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 68% were women and 18% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

University of Missouri - Kansas City

Kansas City, Missouri
21 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Missouri - Kansas City is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in theater. Each year, around 16,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,991 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,542 per year.

The theater program at University of Missouri - Kansas City awarded 21 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 52% were women and 29% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

The Graduate Center, CUNY

New York, New York
21 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The Graduate Center, CUNY is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in theater. Each year, around 8,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,930 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,930 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 21 master's degrees were handed out to theater majors at The Graduate Center. Of these students, 76% were women and 33% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

University of California - Irvine

Irvine, California
21 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for theater majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of California - Irvine. Each year, around 36,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year.

The theater program at University of California - Irvine awarded 21 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 33% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 62% were women.

#17

Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island
21 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
48% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Brown University is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in theater. Roughly 10,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,112 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $57,112 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 21 people received their master's degree in theater from Brown. Around 48% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 43% were women.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to theater that offer master’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Music 6,038
Fine & Studio Arts 3,527
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 1,963
Design & Applied Arts 1,894
Arts & Media Management 1,112

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student 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 percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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