The Theatre History and Criticism (M.A.) prepares students to enter the field of advanced theatre studies with a particular consideration of the play within its social and historical context.

The program takes advantage of Catholic University’s location by providing its most qualified students with opportunities for internships at professional theatres in the Washington Metropolitan area and helping students gain access to America’s most important research libraries. With these assets, a variety of students may use the program to develop skills for a career in education, theatre management, dramaturgy, or prepare for a Ph.D. in theatre history.

Research areas

  • Education
  • Management
  • Dramaturgy
  • History


  • 30 course credit hours and two practicum credit hours, including:
  • five 600-level courses
  • three 900-level research seminars
  • three graduate level electives.