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2021 Most Popular Online Drama & Theater Arts Schools

15 Colleges
$21,403 Avg Salary
$26,932 Avg Student Debt

In 2018-2019, 17,726 people earned a degree or certificate in drama and theater arts, making the major the #69 most popular in the United States.

There are so many programs in today's world that it can tough to figure out which one is the right one for you. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent. Or you may find the programs at a trade school to be a better alternative for you.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Most Popular Online Drama & Theater Arts Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. This report analyzed 15 schools in the United States to see which ones were the most popular online programs for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from schools with online programs.

The following schools top our list of the Most Popular Online Drama & Theater Arts Colleges.

Our analysis found Missouri State University - Springfield to be the most popular school for drama and theater arts students who want to pursue an online degree in the United States. Missouri State is a very large public school located in the city of Springfield.

After completing their degree, theater graduates from Missouri State carry an average student debtload of $22,248. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $231, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#2

Wayne State University

Detroit, MI

A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Wayne State University is a great place for drama and theater arts students pursuing an online degree. Located in the city of Detroit, Wayne State is a public school with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, theater graduates from Wayne State carry an average student debtload of $26,500. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $275.

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#3

The New School

New York, NY

The excellent online programs at The New School helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best drama and theater arts schools in the United States. New School University is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York.

The average amount in student loans that theater majors at New School University take out is $71,666. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $820, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#4

Academy of Art University

San Francisco, CA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Academy of Art University. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Most Popular Online Drama & Theater Arts Schools list. Located in the large city of San Francisco, Academy of Art University is a private for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

On average, theater graduates from Academy of Art University take out $31,000 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $322.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Northern Oklahoma College. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Most Popular Online Drama & Theater Arts Schools list. Located in the town of Tonkawa, Northern Oklahoma College is a public school with a small student population.

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#6

Lynn University

Boca Raton, FL

Lynn University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for drama and theater arts students. It came in at #6 on the list. Located in the city of Boca Raton, Lynn University Fighting Knights is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#7

Yavapai College

Prescott, AZ

Yavapai College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for drama and theater arts students. It came in at #7 on the list. Yavapai College is a medium-sized public school located in the city of Prescott.

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With a ranking of #7, Itawamba Community College did quite well on this year’s best schools for drama and theater arts students. Located in the remote town of Fulton, ICC is a public school with a small student population.

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University of Connecticut came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Drama & Theater Arts Schools ranking. UCONN is a very large public school located in the suburb of Storrs.

After completing their degree, theater graduates from UCONN carry an average student debtload of $27,000. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#10

Shorter University

Rome, GA

Shorter University ranked #10 on this year’s Most Popular Online Drama & Theater Arts Schools list. Shorter is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Rome.

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One of 9 majors within the area of study, drama and theater arts has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Fine & Studio Arts 40,751
Design & Applied Arts 36,179
Music 26,968
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 16,756
General Visual & Performing Arts 5,720

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 15 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Donald Judge.

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