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Drama Program: Graduate Program

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The graduate program in drama trains scholar-artists for the academic profession, with a focus on performance history, dramatic literature, and theory. Students are encouraged to pursue their own scholarly interests under the guidance of faculty both in this department and in others on campus. Our program is small enough to allow close relationships between students and faculty, with each degree candidate receiving personal attention.

The current faculty is often supplemented by inviting distinguished academics from other universities to teach seminars in their fields. Recently, Professor Virginia Scott of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst offered a course in Moliere; Professor Richard Emmerson taught a course on medieval theatre; Professor John Emigh of Brown University, on Asian performance.

The Department usually accepts two or three candidates for the Master of Arts/Doctor of Philosophy degree (no terminal M.A. is offered). Departmental fellowships and assistantships are distributed on the basis of financial need and academic performance. The Department awards four first-year Ph.D. fellowships which provide a stipend and full tuition remission. After the first year, students may be eligible for teaching assistantships, which carry an automatic tuition waiver in addition to a stipend for at least two years. Dissertation fellowships are available to students whose dissertation proposals have been accepted. The departmental Collins fund allows every student an annual allowance of around $750 for travel to conferences and libraries. Moreover, the Graduate School has competitive funding for research and the Center for the Humanities at Tufts a competitive dissertation fellowship. A number of awards are available for research competitions and departmentally-nominated prizes. The Department is committed to supporting its continuing students as fully as possible.

Prospective Students
Prospective students are encouraged to visit the campus for discussion with faculty and students, and to observe graduate seminars. If you would like to arrange a campus visit, call the Drama and Dance Office at (617) 627-3524, fax us at (617) 627-3803, or contact the Department Administrator.

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