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Bachelor of Fine Arts / Master of Arts
Theatre / Performing Arts Administration
Dual Degree

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Offered in collaboration with the NYU Tisch School of the Arts, this dual degree allows you to earn a BFA in Theatre and an MA in Performing Arts Administration in only five years of study. You’ll combine the benefits of comprehensive conservatory training at the undergraduate level with a professional education at the graduate level.

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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre and Master of Arts in Performing Arts Administration

BFA: 110 Credits / MA: 48 Credits
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For the BFA, you will be professionally trained in a primary studio category of your choice, as well as take courses in theatre studies and the liberal arts. Faculty and program leaders have worked together to design an undergraduate curriculum that balances theory with practice and skills with knowledge, giving you the foundation you need as a performing arts administrator.

The BFA incorporates New York City's incomparable theatrical resources into your course work in acting, directing, musical performance, production, design, and stage management. Your undergraduate studies will be enriched by general education courses in the humanities and sciences, drawing from the intellectual assets of NYU.

During your senior year, you will begin taking graduate courses that count simultaneously toward your BFA and your MA, saving you time and money. To complete the MA program of study, you’ll take a mix of industry-specific courses in arts management and related disciplines and management courses at the NYU Stern School of Business or the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. You’ll also complete internships at leading New York City organizations and a culminating experience.

At the completion of your program, you will have learned how to imagine creative solutions to emergent problems, think critically, communicate effectively, and manage both human and material resources. You’ll have honed your business skills and developed your awareness of the changing dynamics of the arts administration field, as well as built skill sets that are in demand, preparing for a leadership role in national and international performing arts organizations. Graduates may also go on to pursue careers in the arts, business, and law.


If you have any questions or would like to pursue this dual degree, please contact Professor Elizabeth Bradley ( at Tisch School of the Arts.