Admissions Requirements

The program leading to the Ph.D. degree is designed to encourage students to examine the reciprocal relationships between scholarship and performance, criticism and creativity, theory and practice. Theatre and performance are considered in relation to broader cultural and historical questions.

Students entering the program have strong backgrounds in some dimension of the academic study of performance and performance practice, ranging from performance and philosophy to literary studies, theatre history and performance theory. The program, strongly interdisciplinary in nature, is run by an interdepartmental committee and is enriched by the faculty resources of the Department of English and Comparative Literature, the School of the Arts, the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, language departments, Anthropology, Classics, and of the Barnard College Department of Theatre. Because of its New York location, the program is attuned to emerging events in contemporary theatre and society. Students are admitted for the Ph.D. only, and receive both the M.A. and M.Phil as part of their progress toward the doctoral degree. The admissions committee carefully considers all applications, and the program encourages students with either a bachelor’s degree or a Master’s degree in any related discipline of drama, theatre, and performance research to consider applying.

Application deadline: December 15

For more information, please visit our Admissions information page: https://www.columbia.edu/cu/gsas/departments/theater/department.html