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Musical Theatre, BFA

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Boston, MA, United States
In the Musical Theatre program of Emerson College, students hone their acting, singing, and dancing to become onstage storytellers and rising stars.
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About the Program

Thinking about studying musical theatre at Emerson? Then start by imagining the end point: Every graduating senior winds up performing on a New York City stage in our annual one-of-a-kind autumn showcase. Your audience? Industry reps, directors, producers, and noted Emerson alumni. 

Will you be ready at that moment? To answer, let’s go back to the start of your studies. 

Nestled in the heart of Boston’s Theater District, the Musical Theatre program of Emerson College is one of the most celebrated pre-professional performance programs in the nation. From the first day, you will be challenged and coached by a distinguished faculty holding credits from Broadway, regional theater, opera, television, film, and composition. You will take risks in front of demanding teachers and supportive fellow students as you develop your talent for acting, singing, and dancing.

You will experience rich performance opportunities through Emerson Stage, the College’s producing organization that serves as your laboratory for studio development. In classrooms, studios, and stage, you will work out the kinks, project your personality, and learned to move audiences with your performance. Many of these experiences will take place in Emerson’s glorious performance spaces, like the art deco Robert J. Orchard Stage at the Paramount Center and the magnificent 1,200-seat Cutler Majestic Theatre. 

As part of the BFA, you may audition during the year for summer positions in New York and New England and other highly regarded theatrical venues nationwide. You will also join our other exciting showcase for graduating seniors, the annual spring showcase in Boston.

By graduation, you will be ready, because Emerson’s program nurtures your inherent talent into powerful expressions of your creative voice. When you ultimately assume the New York City stage—the world stage—you will truly be able to bring your all.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses offered:
  • Languages of the Stage
  • Stagecraft Laboratories
  • Emerson Stage Production Crew
  • World Drama in its Context 
  • Movement and Voice
  • Musical Theatre Core

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.

General Requirements

  • Official transcripts are required from each secondary school attended and should include courses taken and grades received in years.
  • A School Report must be completed by your secondary school counselor or another school official, and must be submitted along with an official, signed transcript from your high school.
  • The secondary school counselor evaluation should accompany the high school transcript and School Report.
  • A minimum of one official teacher evaluation from someone who has taught you in an academic subject.
  • We ask that all applicants submit first marking period (first quarter, midterm, first trimester) or mid-year (second quarter, first semester, second trimester) grades when they become available.
  • Testing and English Language Proficiency Requirement.
  • SAT or ACT Scores.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    50240 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25120 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    50240 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25120 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Boston

  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
    Living Costs

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