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2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Theatre with concentration in Drama Therapy (M.A.)

Kansas State University is one of the few master level theatre programs in the U.S. which offers a concentration in drama therapy, which is offered through the Music, Theatre, and Dance  graduate program.  One of the strengths of the program is its strong theatre base and opportunities for creating drama-in-education, theatre-in-education, or issue-based community projects.  Service learning and internships are incorporated into courses to provide students with direct client contact experiences.

The KSU MA program fulfills all of the requirements of the North American Drama Therapy Association’s requirements of training and education toward registry (the national credential for drama therapy in the U.S.)

53 semester credits are required, including a minimum of 8 courses (24 credits) in drama therapy, 1 course in research methods (1 credit), 7 credits in drama therapy practicum/internship and supervision, and 6 electives (18 credits) in psychology, counseling and student development, educational leadership, family studies and human services, marriage and family therapy or anthropology.

Students’ Masters Project (3 credits), Reports (2 credits) or Theses (6 credits) will focus on an aspect of drama therapy. These written projects will be presented to the student’s committeee in an Oral Examination. 

Students in the drama therapy concentration may apply for Graduate Teaching Assistantship positions in the Theatre Department and other programs on campus.  These GTA positions cover the cost of tuition and pay an additional stipend.

Students are admitted on the basis of their application essay, undergraduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation and an interview. A major in theatre is expected, but students with degrees in other areas may take undergraduate courses to make up deficiencies. A 3.0 overall undergraduate average is required, but students who do not meet this requirement may be admitted on probation.

Master’s Degree Requirements

There are three categories to the degree requirements:

Core Courses (32 credits)

Elective Psychology Courses (18 credits)

A minimum of 6 courses:

Project, Report, or Thesis

a. Project:

Demonstration of competence in a specific area of drama therapy. (3 credits)

b. Report:

Writing of a research paper for the purpose of gathering and assimilating information on a particular topic of drama therapy. (2 credits)

c. Thesis:

Writing of a lengthy research paper that makes an original contribution to the field of drama therapy. (6 credits)

Oral examination on project, report or thesis