Theatre & Performance Studies

About Program Degrees Offered and Application Requirements

The MA and PhD programs in Theatre & Performance Studies emphasize our collective interest in theatre, performance, and cultural politics
For us, this means teaching classes that explore performance both on stage and in everyday life in order to highlight the cultural, political, material and ideological dimensions of performance practices –  both past and present. Studying performances across a broad range of cultural contexts –in theatres, galleries, rituals, the media, the streets, the political arena, mass spectacles, interpersonal interactions etc.  – helps to capture the potential performance has to frame critically-nuanced responses to public events, and thus to model politically and ethically engaged forms of public life.
Our areas of program specialization that structure our curriculum and degree requirements reflect this focus. They include:

We encourage our students to develop an interdisciplinary understanding of theatre and performance by taking courses, and working closely with, supervisory faculty who come from diverse backgrounds in a range of disciplines including Theatre Studies, Performance Studies, Anthropology, Business, Cinema and Media Studies, Dance Studies, English, Environmental Studies, Humanities, Gender, Feminist, and Women’s Studies, Nursing, Sociology and Visual Arts. Students also have ample opportunities to engage in performance practice through coursework, workshops, and department activities. Click here for more details.

We take seriously York’s commitment to forging a just and sustainable world through critical and artistic inquiry and encourage our students to do the same.

MA

Program Description

Program Components (including coursework)
  • Major research paper AND
  • Thesis OR
  • Course work only (includes colloquium and internship)
Average Program Length
  • Full-time - 1 year(s)
  • Part-time - 1.5 - 2 year(s)
  • Admission Requirements

    Offered
    • Fall Entry - available as a full-time OR part-time program
    Application Deadline(s)
    February 8, 2017 (Full-time Entry - Fall entry only)
    Language Requirements
    Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based)600
    Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based)100
    IELTS (Academic Module)7.5
    York English Language Test (YELT)Band 1
    YUELILevel 6 with Distinction
    MELABOverall score of 85, no component score less than 80
    CAELOverall score of 70, no component score less than 60
    Minimum CPE ScoreC
    Minimum CAE ScoreB
    Number of Recommendations Required
    3
    Other Requirement(s)
    • Resumé or CV
    • Statement of interest
    • A writing sample (max. 6,250 words)
    Because the number of applicants greatly exceeds the number of positions available, meeting our minimum admission requirements is not a guarantee of admission.
    We encourage all applicants to submit complete documentation (including those submitted via MyFile - supplementary applications and referee recommendations) within two weeks of the application deadline. Review the Admissions process for timing.

    Completed Application Package means:

    1. Use York University's graduate studies online application
    2. Upload the required and supplementary documents and materials permitted for submission through MyFile. All other required documentation submitted by mail must be sent in a single package.
    Exception: official transcripts sent to York directly from previous educational institutions. Official transcripts must come directly from, and bear the unbroken seal of, the issuing institution.
    Mail or courier completed application package to:
    Mail

    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

    P.O. Box GA2300
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M3J 1P3

    Courier

    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

    W322 Bennett Centre for Student Services
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M3J 1P3

    PhD

    Program Description

    Program Components (including coursework)
    • Course work AND
    • Comprehensive examination(s) AND
    • Dissertation
    Average Program Length
  • Full-time - 5 year(s)
  • Admission Requirements

    Offered
    • Fall Entry - available as a full-time OR part-time program
    Application Deadline(s)
    February 8, 2017 (Full-time Entry - Fall entry only)
    Language Requirements
    Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based)600
    Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based)100
    IELTS (Academic Module)7.5
    York English Language Test (YELT)Band 1
    YUELILevel 6 with Distinction
    MELABOverall score of 85, no component score less than 80
    CAELOverall score of 70, no component score less than 60
    Minimum CPE ScoreC
    Minimum CAE ScoreB
    Number of Recommendations Required
    3
    Other Requirement(s)
    • Resumé or CV
    • Statement of interest
    • A writing sample (max. 6,250 words)
    Because the number of applicants greatly exceeds the number of positions available, meeting our minimum admission requirements is not a guarantee of admission.
    We encourage all applicants to submit complete documentation (including those submitted via MyFile - supplementary applications and referee recommendations) within two weeks of the application deadline. Review the Admissions process for timing.

    Completed Application Package means:

    1. Use York University's graduate studies online application
    2. Upload the required and supplementary documents and materials permitted for submission through MyFile. All other required documentation submitted by mail must be sent in a single package.
    Exception: official transcripts sent to York directly from previous educational institutions. Official transcripts must come directly from, and bear the unbroken seal of, the issuing institution.
    Mail or courier completed application package to:
    Mail

    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

    P.O. Box GA2300
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M3J 1P3

    Courier

    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

    W322 Bennett Centre for Student Services
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M3J 1P3