M.F.A. students must complete 61 semester hours of graduate course work including:
|Advanced Studies in Contemporary Theatre and Drama
|Introduction to Graduate Theatre Studies
|Contemporary Directing Styles
|History and Theory of Directing
|Play Analysis for Directors
|Contemporary Performance Theory
|Dramatic Theory and Criticism
|Seminar in Classical Drama
|Directing Modern Plays
|Directing Classical Plays
|Seminar in Modern Drama
|Theatre Scholarship and Research Methods
|Thesis Production and Research
In addition to the directing projects generated in required courses, each M.F.A. student is responsible for directing and designing a full-length play during the summer following his or her first year of residency. This project serves as a qualifying exam for entry into the second year of study. During the second year, each student must satisfactorily serve as Assistant Director for a production in the regular season of Baylor University Theatre. As part of the thesis project, each third-year M.F.A. student will direct a full-length play as part of the regular season of Baylor University Theatre.
A written comprehensive examination is administered to M.F.A. students at the end of the second year. The examination will be reviewed by a committee of faculty. The student must pass the comprehensive examination before being eligible to register for thesis hours.
M.F.A. students must direct a full-length play as part of the regular season of Baylor University Theatre and write a rigorous academic thesis on the play and production. Each student must pass an oral defense of the thesis to graduate from the program.