M.A. in Theatre

School of Communication & the Arts

The Master of Arts in Theatre program allows teachers and artists to complete the degree online. The program, presented from a Christian worldview, will train you with skills, insight and knowledge for a successful career as a theatre teacher, as well as other positions in professional theatre productions, the academy and ministry. Through this challenging program, you will focus on theatre teaching methods, character development, analyzing live theatrical performances and dramaturgy. Advance further by attending an optional on-campus summer intensive (3- or 6-week residency) in Virginia Beach.

  • Explore the functions within a theatrical organization such as assisting in season selection, audience education and audience development.
  • Choose courses from story structure and playwriting to theories of acting and directing, according to your area of interest.
  • Learn how to analyze written dramatic texts for film, television or theatrical production.
  • Examine theatre in the church, such as architecture and design and actor/audience relationships.

Career Opportunities:

  • Theatre Teacher
  • K-12 Theatre Department Instructor
  • Drama Coach
  • Stage Director
  • Technical Director
  • Talent Agency Executive
  • Actor/Actress

Delivery Format: Online w/Residency

Total Credit Hours Required: 30

Approved Degree Plan: Click to download PDF

Priority Application Deadline:

•    January Start: December 1 Deadline

•    May Start: April 15 Deadline

 •   August Start: August 15 Deadline

Admissions Process:

 Step 1: Application

Submit your application using our Regent University Online Application.

Note: If you are unable to complete our application due to a disability, please contact our Admissions Office and an admissions representative will provide reasonable accommodations to assist you in completing the application.

Step 2: Application Fee

Option 1: Pay the $50 nonrefundable application fee online during the application process via our Miscellaneous Payments Form, or by check or money order mailed to Regent University, Enrollment Support Services, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.

Option 2: Attend a graduate School of Communication & the Arts on-campus or online information session to learn how to streamline your application process, discover financial aid resources and waive your $50 application fee. RSVP Today!

Step 3: Submit your Unofficial College Transcripts*

We are able to examine and view your unofficial transcript from a U.S.-based school, which indicates successful completion of a bachelor's degree program, in order to review you for an admissions decision. Please submit your unofficial transcript to our Admissions Office by email to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SCA Master's Application Pieces.

Non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by an NACES-approved company. For further details, please review the International Admissions Checklist on the International Students Admissions page.

International Applicants: Please visit the International Students Admissions page for a more detailed explanation of the Regent University application information and to determine whether or not you qualify as an international student.

*Upon conditional acceptance to the program by review of unofficial transcripts, Regent University's Admissions Office will attempt to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institution, which indicate successful completion of a bachelor's degree program. We will notify you if your previous institution will not release transcripts directly to us.

Step 4: Personal Goal Statement

Submit a 1 page Personal Goal Statement demonstrating an interest in a degree program from the School of Communication & the Arts. Please email to the Admissions Office at apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SCA Master's Application Pieces.

  1. Describe your professional and career goals and how graduate (OR doctoral) – level coursework from the School of Communication and the Arts will help you facilitate your objectives.
  2. Considering your personal, spiritual, and professional background, why have you chosen Regent as the place to pursue your degree?

Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.



Rates (2017-2018)

M.A. in Theatre

$650/credit hour

Course Infrastructure Fee

$200/course (Fee discontinued from Session A 2017.)


Technology Fee


Student Parking

$100/semester (on-campus students)

Council of Graduate Students

$15/semester (on-campus students)

Library Course

$50 one-time fee (All students must register for this course to graduate.)

Late Fee

$100 (Applied due to late registration or late payment.)

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