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Dramatic Arts Graduate Program

  • Earn Your Way In

    Excel in 3 Degree Courses to Qualify for Admission

  • Format

    Online for 2020–21

  • Average Course Tuition


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Explore the rich tapestry of literature and performance in the dramatic arts.

Study theoretical and literary perspectives, and performance techniques through engaging projects and collaborative workshops.

What You'll Learn

Through the graduate degree field in dramatic arts you build:

  • Crucial theoretical and practical insights into performance techniques, and dramaturgical approaches to dramatic texts.
  • Broad knowledge in the dramatic arts or specialized knowledge in a specific area, such as dramatic literature, musical theater, directing, or acting.

Your Harvard Degree
Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in extension studies, field: Dramatic Arts.

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We’ve designed our courses and degrees to give you the flexibility to pace your studies to fit your schedule.

  • 35

    Average Age

  • 1-2

    Courses Taken Each Semester

  • 83%

    Working Full Time

  • 100%

    Would Recommend the Program

  • 11 Years

    Professional Experience in the Field

  • Most

    Pursued For Personal Enrichment

Admission and Getting Started

Here at Harvard Extension, you begin your coursework before you even apply. Why? Because we believe the best way to prove you can succeed in the program is by first succeeding in the classroom.

To get started, you take the following three courses. Earn at least a B in each to qualify for admission.

  • HUMA 100 Proseminar: Graduate Research Methods and Scholarly Writing in the Humanities
  • One dramatic arts course
  • One dramatic arts course or elective (e.g., EXPO 42a)

Ready to take the next step? Check your admissions eligibility, explore the curriculum, and prepare to enroll in your first course.

See the schedules in the academic calendar.

I had to catch my breath when I saw Williams’ handwriting and the stained hotel stationery he’d typed the manuscript on. It’s pretty incredible to realize you are holding the one and only copy of the very first draft of The Night of the Iguana.

Cost and Financial Aid

Affordability is core to our mission. When compared to our continuing education peers, it’s a fraction of the cost.

Our Tuition (2020–21 rate) $2,900 per course
Average Tuition of Peer Institutions $5,476 per course
Average Total Cost $35,000

After admission, you may qualify for financial aid. Typically, eligible students receive grant funds to cover a portion of tuition costs each term, in addition to federal financial aid options.

Learning & Connection

Deep learning springs from human connection. That’s why we work so hard to bring people together — whether in a live virtual classroom or an in-person seminar on campus.

Our approach to online learning fosters interaction without sacrificing flexibility. Each week, you’ll engage with your instructor, participate in peer discussions, and receive one-on-one support from teaching staff—all from your home or office.

Online Learning at Harvard Extension School
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