• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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You’ll begin your degree working onstage or behind the scenes in your first semester.Theater-by-the-Grove and the IUP Dance Theater Company support numerous creative opportunities in six productions each year, including a major musical.

Additional creative opportunities are provided through studio, touring, and workshop productions.

You’ll complete foundations courses on the theories, history, and literature of theater, and develop core skills in performance, stagecraft, and costumes. You’ll also choose one of three concentration areas: Performance, Design/Tech/Management, or Theory and Criticism—or create your own concentration.

This degree in Theater at Indiana University of Pennsylvania prepares you for the additional training usually required to enter the field as a professional. IUP has been successfully engaged in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and almost annually achieves regional and national recognition of our students’ production work. The university is also fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre, the only accrediting body for theater in higher education recognized by the US Department of Education.


With a BA in theater and dance, your professional options are many. These are some that our graduates enjoy:

  • Performer (actor, singer, and/or dancer)
  • Playwright
  • Director or producer
  • Stage manager
  • Event manager
  • Set, lighting, costume, or sound designer
  • Stagehand
  • Arts organization founder
  • Administrator and events planner
  • Attorney
  • Studio owner
  • Counselor or therapist
  • Business executive

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Ensemble Performance and Academic Skills

  • Your professors share their professional projects with students, informing the classroom and stage experiences.
  • Dance instructors are founders of professional studios and touring companies. Their blend of business savvy and creativity is a strong combination to guide you.
  • Theater instructors are permanent, resident playwrights, directors, actors, and designers who are committed to your growth and development from beginning to graduation.
  • Faculty members are also published authors and guest speakers whose skills are valued throughout the American theater community.
  • All professors are aware of new trends in entertainment and how they will impact future employment options.

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.

  • 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.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • $25 Application Fee
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency
  • International Student Financial Statement
  • Official Transcripts
  • Passport Copy

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23872 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11936 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    15832 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7916 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    10950 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5475 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Indiana

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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