Collegiate Performing Arts Programs



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Collegiate Performing Arts Programs
This list begins with colleges that offer undergraduate musical theatre degrees. They are organized alphabetically by state. Following the name of the school in parentheses is the type of degree they offer, and in some cases, the number of students the program offers admission to. We have also provided a list of schools that offer graduate degrees in musical theatre and a list of suggested questions to think about when researching and visiting colleges.
KEY:

(+) next to a school indicates that they are especially selective (that they admit only a small number of applicants).


(~) next to a school indicates that they are non-audition (that they do not require an audition to major in musical theatre).
Schools without marks do require an audition.
COLLEGES THAT OFFER UNDERGRADUATE MUSICAL THEATRE DEGREES:
ALABAMA:

Birmingham-Southern College (BA, audition at the end of sophomore year)

Samford University (BA)

University of Alabama (BA)

University of Mobile (BM)

~University of South Alabama (BFA)


ALASKA:

Currently no undergraduate programs offered in musical theatre.


ARIZONA:

Arizona State University (BM)

+University of Arizona (BFA) (9 students/year)
ARKANSAS:

~Ouachita Baptist University (BM)


CALIFORNIA:

~California State University, Chico (BA)

+California State University, Fullerton (BA, audition for freshman; BFA, audition at end of sophomore year)

~California State University, Northridge (BA Theatre, Musical Theatre minor)

Notre Dame de Namur University (BFA)

~Santa Clara University (BA Music, Musical Theatre minor)

University of California, Irvine (BFA)

+University of California, Los Angeles (BA) (12-15 students/year)

+University of Southern California (BFA Acting, Musical Theatre minor)
COLORADO:

~Metropolitan State College of Denver (BFA, audition once accepted to the college)

University of Colorado (BFA)

University of Northern Colorado (BA)


CONNECTICUT:

Hartford Conservatory (3-year diploma)

+University of Hartford, The Hartt School (BFA) (25-30 students/year)

~Western Connecticut State University (BA)


DELAWARE:

Currently no undergraduate programs offered in musical theatre.


DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:

American University (BA)

Catholic University (BM)

Howard University (BFA)


FLORIDA:

+Florida State University (BM and BFA)

Jacksonville University (BFA)

Palm Beach Atlantic University (BA)

New World School of the Arts (AA and BFA)

Rollins College (BA Theatre, Musical Theatre concentration)

+University of Central Florida (BFA)

University of Florida (BFA)

+University of Miami (BM and BFA)

University of Tampa (BA)

~University of West Florida (BFA, audition at end of Freshman year) (10 students/year)
GEORGIA:

~Brenau University (BFA, audition for scholarships)

Shorter College (BFA) (13-15 students/year)

Valdosta University (BFA)

~Young Harris College (AFA – Associate of Fine Arts)
HAWAII:

Currently no undergraduate programs offered in musical theatre.


IDAHO:

University of Idaho (BFA)


ILLINOIS:

~Columbia College

Illinois State University (BA)

Illinois Wesleyan University (BFA)

Millikin University (BFA)

North Central College (BA, audition for scholarships)

+Northwestern University (BA Theatre of BM Music, Musical Theatre certificate, audition at end of freshman year)

Rockford College (BFA)

+Roosevelt University (BFA)

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (BFA)

Western Illinois University (BFA)
INDIANA:

Ball State University (BFA)

Indiana University (BFA)

~Vincennes University (AS, 2-year degree)


IOWA:

Drake University (BFA)


KANSAS:

~Friends University (BA)

~Wichita State University (BFA)

University of Kansas (BFA Theatre and Voice, through Music)


KENTUCKY:

~Northern Kentucky University (BFA)

~Western Kentucky University (BFA)
LOUISIANA:

~Northwestern State University (BS Theatre, Musical Theatre performance concentration)

Tulane University (BFA through Music department)
MAINE:

University of Southern Maine (BM)


MARYLAND:

Currently no undergraduate programs offered in musical theatre.


MASSACHUSETTS:

+Boston Conservatory (BFA)

~Brandeis University (BA Theatre Arts, Musical Theatre track)

~Dean College (AA, 2-year program)

+Emerson College (BFA) (24 students/year)

Northeastern University (BM, Musical Theatre minor)


MICHIGAN:

Adrian College (BA)

Central Michigan University (BFA)

Oakland University (BFA)

+University of Michigan (BFA) (20 students/year)

Western Michigan University (BFA)


MINNESOTA:

~University of Minnesota, Duluth (BFA, audition at end of freshman year)


MISSISSIPPI:

~University of Southern Mississippi (BFA Theatre, Musical Theatre “Professional Training” option, audition for scholarships)

~University of Mississippi (BFA)
MISSOURI:

~Avila University (BFA)

Culver Stockton College (BFA)

Lindenwood (BFA)

Missouri Valley College (BFA)

Southwest Missouri State (BFA)

~Stephens College (BFA, audition at end of freshman year)

University of Missouri, Kansas City (BA Music, Theatre concentration)

+Webster University (BFA)
MONTANA:

Currently no undergraduate programs offered in musical theatre.


NEBRASKA:

~Nebraska Wesleyan (BFA, audition for scholarships)

~University of Nebraska (Musical Theatre minor)

University of Nebraska at Kearney (BFA, through Music department)


NEVADA:

~University of Nevada, Las Vegas (BA)


NEW HAMPSHIRE:

Plymouth State University (BFA)

~University of New Hampshire (BA, Musical Theatre minor)
NEW JERSEY:

Montclair State University (BFA)

Westminster College of the Arts at Rider University (BFA)
NEW MEXICO:

Santa Fe University of Art and Design (BFA)


NEW YORK:

American Musical and Dramatic Academy (2-year program, could lead to BA or BFA from AMDA or the New School University)

CAP21 Professional Musical Theatre Training Program (2-year Musical Theatre certificate)

Circle in the Square Theatre School (2-year program)

~Hofstra University (BFA Theatre Performance, Musical Theatre minor, audition at end of sophomore year)

+Ithaca College (BFA)

Long Island University, C.W. Post (BFA)

Manhattanville College (BA Music, Musical Theatre concentration)

Marymount Manhattan (Theatre or Dance degrees, Musical Theatre minor)

Nazareth College (BA)

+New York University, Tisch School of the Arts: +CAP21 (BFA), +New Studio on Broadway for Musical Theatre and Acting

+New York University, Steinhardt School of Education (BM) (20-30 students/year)

+Pace University (BFA)

Russell Sage College with NYSTI (BS)

SUNY, Buffalo (BFA)

SUNY, Cortland (BA, Musical Theatre minor)

SUNY, Fredonia (BFA)

SUNY, Geneseo (BA)

+Syracuse University (BFA) (25-30 students/year)

Wagner College (BA) (30 students/year)


NORTH CAROLINA:

~Catawba College (BFA)

East Carolina University (BFA, audition at end of freshman year)

+Elon University (BFA) (18-25 students/year)

Lees-McCrae College (BFA, audition at end of freshman year)

~Mars Hill College (BFA)

Meredith College (BA)

University of North Carolina at Pembroke (BM)

Western Carolina University (BFA and BM)

University of North Carolina School of the Arts (BFA Theatre, Musical Theatre classes offered)


NORTH DAKOTA:

University of North Dakota (BFA)


OHIO:

Ashland University (BA Theatre, Musical Theatre concentration)

+Baldwin-Wallace College (BM) (10-12 students/year)

Bowling Green State University (BA Communications, Musical Theatre concentration)

Heidelberg University (BA/BS Theatre, Musical Theatre emphasis)

Kent State University (BFA)

~Marietta College (BFA)

Ohio Northern University (BFA)

+Otterbein College (BFA) (8 students/year)

~University of Akron (BA)

+University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music (BFA) (22-24 students/year)

Youngstown State University (BFA)

Wright State University (BFA) (13 students/year)
OKLAHOMA:

+Oklahoma City University (BM)

University of Central Oklahoma (BM)

+University of Oklahoma (BFA) (12 students/year)

~University of Tulsa (BA, Musical Theatre minor)
OREGON:

Southern Oregon University (BFA Theatre, Musical Theatre minor)


PENNSYLVANIA:

+Carnegie-Mellon University (BFA) (10 students/year)

Clarion University of Pennsylvania (BFA, audition at end of freshman or beginning of sophomore year)

~DeSales University (BA, audition for scholarships)

Marywood University (BA)

~Muhlenberg College (BA Theatre, BA Music, BA Dance, can double major, audition is optional)

+Pennsylvania State University (BFA) (15-20 students/year)

+Point Park University (BFA)

Seton Hill University (BA Theatre, Musical Theatre emphasis)

Susquehanna University (BA Theatre, Musical Theatre emphasis)

Temple University (BA Theatre, Musical Theatre emphasis/concentration)

+University of the Arts (BFA, Musical Theatre minor)

West Chester University (BA Theatre, Musical Theatre emphasis)

Wilkes University (BA)


RHODE ISLAND:

Rhode Island College (BA Theatre, Musical Theatre concentration)


SOUTH CAROLINA:

Coastal Carolina University (BFA) (16 students/year)

Coker College

Limestone College (BA)


SOUTH DAKOTA:

~Northern State University (BA)

University of South Dakota (BFA)
TENNESSEE:

Belmont University (BM and BFA)

University of Memphis (BFA Theatre Performance, Musical Theatre emphasis) (15 students/year)
TEXAS:

Abilene Christian University (BFA)

KD Studio (2-year program)

+Sam Houston State University (BFA)

~St. Edward’s University (BA, Musical Theatre concentration, audition for scholarships)

~Southwestern University (BFA Theatre, Musical Theatre concentration, audition for scholarships)

Texas Christian University (BFA)

Texas State University, San Marcos (BFA)

University of Texas at Arlington (BM)

University of Texas at El Paso (BFA)

West Texas A&M (BA)
UTAH:

Brigham Young University (BFA, Music, Dance, and Theatre)

Southern Utah University (BFA Theatre, Musical Theatre emphasis, audition at end of freshman year)

University of Utah (BFA)

Weber State University (BA or BS)
VERMONT:

~Johnson State College (BA)


Virginia:

~Christopher Newport University (BA Theatre, Musical Theatre track)

Emory and Henry College (BA, Musical Theatre “pre-professional” track)

James Madison University (BA and BM)

+Shenandoah Conservatory (BFA)
WASHINGTON:

Central Washington University (BFA)

Cornish College of the Arts (BFA Performing Arts, Musical Theatre emphasis)

University of Puget Sound (BA Theatre)


WEST VIRGINIA:

~West Virginia Wesleyan College (BA, Musical Theatre minor)




WISCONSIN:

~Carthage College (BA Music)

University of Wisconsin, Green Bay (BA)

+University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point (BFA) (7-8 students/year)

Viterbo University (BFA)
WYOMING:

Casper College (AA)

University of Wyoming (BFA)
CANADA:

Sheridan College (BAA – Bachelor of Applied Arts in Musical Theatre Performance)



COLLEGES THAT OFFER GRADUATE MUSICAL THEATRE DEGREES:
Arizona State University (MM)

Boston Conservatory (MM)

New York University, Steinhardt (MM Vocal Performance, Musical Theatre concentration)

Oklahoma City University (MM)

San Diego State University (MFA)

Tulane University – Newcomb Department of Music (MFA)

University of Central Florida (MFA)

University of Montana (MM)



University of Nevada, Las Vegas (MFA Performance, Musical Theatre style option)
MUSICAL THEATRE PROGRAM QUESTIONS:
1.) Degree/Certificate Type: What type of program does the school offer? Is it conservatory training or a liberal arts program? Bachelor of Arts (BFA) or Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree? Is musical theatre a major with distinct curriculum or is it a certificate/concentration?
2.) Curriculum Structure: Does the curriculum cover voice, acting and dance equally or does it have a concentration in one or two areas? Are you required to complete General Education credits? Does your performance training begin immediately or do you have to wait several semesters? Does the program focus on professional training? Do you have the option to train for one or more semesters in another city (i.e. an LA campus or a sister school abroad)?
3.) Majoring/Minoring in a Related Field: Does the program allow you to study T.V./Broadcasting, Communications, Theatre Management, etc. in addition to your performance training?
4.) Admission/Retention requirements: Does the program require an initial audition to be accepted? Will you need to re-audition annually to remain in the program after your initial acceptance? What happens if, based on re-audition, student is told that they cannot remain in musical theatre program?
5.) Class Size and Faculty: How many students are typically accepted into the program each year? What is the average class size? How many faculty members work in the program full time and/or part time? Are these faculty members working professionals? Are the facilities suitable to the program and are they well maintained?
6.) Performance Opportunities: Are freshman and sophomores eligible to perform in the program? How many productions are mounted each year and of what type (musicals, plays, dance pieces, cabarets, readings, etc.)? Are there any differences based on whether you are in BFA or BA program? Does the school have an affiliation with a professional theatre company?
7.) Student Life: What does a typical daily schedule look like? Will students have rehearsals and other related obligations? What is the layout of the campus? Does the school provide housing and, if so, are the facilities well-maintained? Does the school offer meal plans and on campus medical services? Are students permitted to have a car on campus? Do you feel that the program fits with your personality, work habits, personal needs, budget, and goals as a performer?
8.) Career Development Opportunities: Does the program help students find employment and/or internships (summer and during school year)? Is there a senior showcase and/or other opportunity for exposure? Do students have networking opportunities with professionals in the field of theatre, T.V., broadcasting, etc?


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