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The School of Theatre & Dance’s commitment to academic excellence and the highest professional standards has made the institution a vital resource in the educational and cultural life of this city. We offer graduate students a rigorous program of study rooted in both academic knowledge and practical experience, producing informed, innovative graduates who go on to become leaders in their respective fields.  

The University of Houston offers the following graduate-level theatre programs: MFA Acting, MFA Costume Design, MFA Costume Technology, MFA Lighting Design, MFA Scenic Design, MFA Technical Direction, and a Summer MA for Theatre Educators. 


The Houston community is a rich environment in which to study theatre. The downtown arts district hosts nine venues across 17 city blocks. The district, with nearly 13,000 seats for live performances, ranks second in the United States for the number of theater seats in a concentrated downtown area, and is one of only five cities with the distinction of maintaining permanent professional resident companies in all the major performing arts disciplines. Students of the University of Houston have innumerable opportunities to explore the myriad of theatre experiences offered by our dynamic city.