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Theatre Education, B.A. / B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #1133 (BCR) Muncie, IN, United States
At the core of the Theatre Education program of Ball State University is the belief that theatre has the power to change lives. We will challenge you to continually develop your own artistic voice while gaining the knowledge and skill set to teach, inspire, and foster the growth of the next generation of young theatre artists.
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The Theatre Education program of Ball State University will prepare you to successfully run your own theatre program and be an effective classroom teacher from day one. You will be provided with a broad foundation in performance, theatre design and technology, dramatic literature, and theatre history to prepare you for all areas of a high school drama curriculum and production program. You will also complete a strong core of liberal arts courses.

  • An all-undergraduate curriculum ensures you will get teaching and directing opportunities early and often.
  • Learning to effectively communicate, collaborate, and problem solve in the classroom is a major focus of the program.
  • You will take a variety of education courses from Ball State University’s nationally acclaimed Teachers College.
  • The curriculum allows for exciting immersive learning opportunities to collaborate with other disciplines and get involved in projects with real-world impact.
  • We are an active award-winning participant in the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA).
  • The teaching major in theatre requires 86 credits, along with the additional 33 credits of core courses and two general electives that are part of the University Core Curriculum.


Our theatre education faculty will take a personal interest in your ongoing development as you grow into a teaching professional.

  • Faculty members have outstanding credentials in the professional world—as artists, theatre educators, and administrators. This professional connectedness means that you have unique access to intensive learning opportunities in and out of the classroom.
  • Our low student-to-faculty ratio and small class sizes ensure that faculty members know you as an individual and can provide hands-on advising and mentoring based on your unique talents and academic needs.

Work Opportunities

  • You will have access to numerous opportunities in and outside the classroom to put your skills into practice. Theatre education students produce, direct and design shows with local community partners including Burris Laboratory/ Indiana Academy, Muncie Civic Theatre, and Northside Middle School (Muncie Community Schools).
  • You can be actively involved in the state thespian festival, judging and coaching events, working with the All-State show, and teaching workshops.
  • You will have the exciting opportunity to collaborate with music education peers on the nationally recognized PRISM Project.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    National students can apply on a rolling basis.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    85 alternative credits


  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Branding and Marketing for the Theatre and Dance Artist
  • Aesthetics of Theatre 
  • Design Awareness for Theatre and Dance
  • Theatre Education
  • Teaching Methods for Theatre
  • Teaching Methods and Administration of School Theatre Programs

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Admission criteria include the strength of your high school curriculum and your performance, curricular patterns, and if your grade trends in academic courses were positive and consistent.
  • No grade point average guarantees admission to Ball State. We look for applicants that have demonstrated above average grades.
  • SAT/ACT scores are not required for admission but scores may be used to meet our English proficiency requirement.
  • Complete the online application for undergraduate admission.
  • You must provide high school transcripts and diplomas from all institutions where you have studied in the past. They must be submitted in English or with an official translation.
  • Passport Photocopy
  • Financial Documentation
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Tuition Fee

  • International

    25126 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25126 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    25126 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25126 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • In-State

    8138 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8138 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Muncie

  • 876 - 1420 USD/month
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