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Master of Business Administration / Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Management

The MBA/MFA degree will prepare arts professionals in all areas of both arts administration and business for professional careers in arts management—in performing and exhibiting arts organizations, in arts service organizations, in government, funding agencies and arts councils. The program prepares students for high level administrative positions and provides the background essential for advancement in professional management careers.

Admission

Candidates for this program must hold the equivalent of an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning with a minimum of 24 units of upper division work in Theatre Arts. They should have achieved an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 (B-) and 3.0 GPA in upper division theatre courses. All candidates for admission are required to complete the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and achieve a score of at least 475. The GMAT measures general verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills that are developed over a long period of time and are associated with success in the first year of study at graduate schools of management. For each applicant, there is a departmental evaluation, based upon diagnostic examination and an analysis of official undergraduate transcripts to determine deficiencies and all areas which must be strengthened by the graduate program.

Requirements

Business Core 1 (12 units)

Take all the following courses:

  • ACCT 500 Financial Accounting (3)
    Prerequisite: MBA standing required.
  • FIN 501 Financial Management Concepts (3)
    Prerequisite: MBA standing required.
  • MGMT 500 Business Policies/Operations/Organizations (3)
    Prerequisite: MBA standing. Recommended preparation: IS 310 or 410.
  • MKTG 500 Marketing Concepts (3)
    Prerequisite: MBA standing required.

Business Core 2 (21 units)

Take all the following courses:

  • ACCT 610 Managerial Accounting and Control (3)
    Prerequisite: MBA standing required.
  • FIN 600 Seminar in Business Finance (3)
    Prerequisite: MBA standing required.
  • HRM 652 Sem in Human Resources Management (3)
    Prerequisite: None
  • IS 601 Quantitative Methods for Managerial Decision Making (3)
    Prerequisite: MBA standing required.
  • IS 602 Management of Information Systems (3)
    Prerequisite: MBA standing required.
  • MGMT 647 Seminar in Management Planning and Control Systems (3)
    Prerequisites: MBA standing, plus MGMT 500 or equivalent.
  • MKTG 661 Seminar in Marketing Policies (3)
    Prerequisite: MKTG 500.

Business Elective (3 units)

Theatre Core (9 units)

Take all the following courses:

  • THEA 523 Theory/Practice of Contemporary Theatre (3)
    Prerequisite: None
  • THEA 524 Dramaturgy (3)
    Prerequisite: Acceptance into the MFA Program.
  • THEA 696 Aesthetic Theory and Conceptualization (3)
    Prerequisites: None

Theatre Management (24 units)

Take all the following courses:

  • THEA 502 Seminar in Theatre Management I (3)
    Prerequisites: Acceptance into the MFA Program.
  • THEA 503 Leadership and the Arts (3)
    Prerequisites: Acceptance into the MFA Program or senior standing and completion of THEA 476 or consent of instructor.
  • THEA 504 Managing Not-For-Profit Arts Organization (3)
    Prerequisites: Acceptance into the MFA Program or senior standing and completion of THEA 476 or consent of instructor.
  • THEA 507 Entertainment Law (3)
    Prerequisite: Acceptance into the MFA Program.
  • THEA 550 Computer Graphics for Theatre (3)
    Prerequisite: None
  • THEA 602 Seminar in Theatre Management II (3)
    Prerequisites: Acceptance into the MFA Program.

Theatre Practicum (12 units)

Take all the following courses:

  • THEA 517 Repertory Theatre I (2)
    Prerequisites: Acceptance into the MFA Program.
  • THEA 518 Repertory Theatre II (2)
    Prerequisites: Acceptance into the MFA Program.
  • THEA 519 Repertory Theatre III (2)
    Prerequisites: Acceptance into the MFA Program.

Culminating Thesis/Project (3 units)

Take the following course:

  • THEA 699 MFA Thesis/Project (1-6)
    Prerequisite: Advancement to candidacy and consent of department chair.

Theatre Electives (6 units)

Electives from the University at large (per advisement)


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