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School of Music, Theatre, and Dance

Graduate Program

Kansas State University's M.A. in theatre is a Drama Therapy pre-professional training program.

You can find specific details about the curriculum and other information on our various emphases in the Graduate Catalog for Drama Therapy on our website.


Sally Bailey has been the director of the program since 1999. In 2018 Dr. Melissa Briggs joined the Drama Therapy faculty as the program has grown.

Our faculty has published books and articles in professional journals and has held national leadership positions in professional associations over the past several years.


Our production season offers a balance of classics and contemporary drama. Each year we produce one musical and one opera in association with the K-State Music.

Production facilities include 

  • a 1800 seat proscenium theatre,
  • a 240 seat thrust theatre, and
  • a 125 seat theatre for student written and directed productions. Many of our Drama Therapy graduate students have been successful directors and playwrights in our second stage season.

Our main stage season includes five productions a year, plus three to four plays in the Purple Masque Theatre for the second stage.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

Assistantships can be available in

  • Public Speaking,
  • Fundamentals of Acting,
  • Introduction to Theatre,
  • Marketing,
  • Costume Design, and
  • Scene Design.

Competitive stipends are offered running from August to May and 10 hours of graduate credit tuition are waived each semester. Assistantship applications are due by February 1. To be considered for a GTA you must have your graduate application in and be accepted into the program by then as well.

The Theatre Program does not require the GRE or other graduate admissions tests.

U.S. Students

If you wish to be considered for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship, your application should be in no later than February 1 as GTAs are chosen sometime between March and June. Otherwise, we have open application. Students are accepted into the Drama Therapy program to begin either in the summer or fall semester. There are no spring admissions.

For International Students

View the Graduate School admissions details.  

  1. Complete the Graduate School application for admission and pay the application fee. Be sure keep a copy of the receipt of payment for yourself. There are separate links on that page: one for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents to use and one for International Students.

  2. The online application will ask you for copies of the official transcript of each college or university you have attended (if you transferred from one institution to another, we need one from each institution). You can have your university send electronic transcripts or you can upload unofficial transcripts and after you are accepted, at that time you can send the Graduate School office your official transcripts.

  3. The online application will ask you for the names and contact information of three people who can write letters of recommendation for you. It is helpful to ask former professors who can speak to your ability to succeed at the graduate level in a theatre program in terms of high academic standards and theatre abilities. You could also ask an employer if your work for them has related to the area in which you will be studying. Do not ask a relative or friend to write you a letter.

    The College Net system will send an email to the letter writers and request that they upload their letter of recommendation on letterhead to the website.

  4. Last, you will need to upload an essay describing why you wish to study at Kansas State; what aspects of the program appeal to you; what your career goals are; where you feel your strengths lie.  If you want to know what NOT to write, please see What to Avoid in your Graduate Application (pdf).

For International Students, in addition, you must: 

  1. Have your TOEFL Scores sent. See below for more TOEFL information* 
    Learn more about TOEFL scores 

    TOEFL Scores (the following information is from the Graduate Student Handbook):

    • Applicants who are submitting a iBT TOEFL (internet based) scores must have a minimum total score of 79 with no part score below 20 on the reading, listening, and writing sections.
    • Applicants who are submitting a paper-based TOEFL (PBT) test scores must have a minimum total score of 550 with no part score below 55 on reading or listening sections and a TWE (Test of Written English) score of 5.0 or higher.
    • Applicants who are submitting an IELTS score must have a minimum total score of 6.5 with part scores of 6.5 or higher on the reading, listening, and writing sections.

    If you have lower than these scores, you are required to complete specified English classes at K-State first.

  2. Upload an Affidavit of Support (located on the same page as the online application form).
Course of study requirements

If you wish to study Drama Therapy, you will need to have an in-person interview with Sally Bailey. For more information about application procedures, please contact Sally Bailey, the Director of Graduate Studies in Theatre, at sdbailey@k-state.edu or call 785-532-6780.