Dramatic Arts Degree

Explore the rich tapestry of literature and performance in the dramatic arts. Study theoretical and literary perspectives, and performance techniques through engaging projects and collaborative workshops.  

Key learning outcomes

Through the graduate degree field in dramatic arts you build:

  • Crucial theoretical and practical insights into performance techniques, and dramaturgical approaches to dramatic texts.
  • Broad knowledge in the dramatic arts or specialized knowledge in a specific area, such as dramatic literature, musical theater, directing, or acting.

Program Overview

The degree program includes nine courses—at least three taken on campus—and a thesis.

  • Get started. You begin by completing three admission courses from the program curriculum. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your commitment and ability to perform well as a Harvard student.
  • Apply to the program. While you are completing your third admission course, you submit your application. We have application periods in the fall, spring, and summer.
  • Continue your studies, online and on campus. As you progress through the program, you choose from courses offered online, but due to the in-person, workshop teaching method of our drama courses, the majority of the courses are available only on campus.
  • Complete your thesis. Working with a thesis director, you conduct in-depth research on a topic relevant to your work experience or academic interests, producing publishable quality results. You’ll emerge with a solid understanding of how research is executed and communicated.
  • Graduate with your Harvard degree. You participate in the annual Harvard Commencement, receiving your Harvard University degree: Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in extension studies, field: Dramatic Arts.

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Degree Course Listings

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Cost

Affordability is core to our mission. Our 2016–17 graduate tuition is $2,550 per course; the total tuition cost of earning the graduate degree is approximately $25,500.

There are a number of financial aid options available once you’re admitted to the program.