Students in colorful costumes on stage during a dress rehearsal of the Imaginary Invalid. The stage is awash in purple lights.

Accelerated Dual-Degree BA in Theater/MBA (3+1)

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Introduction

In just four years, you can complete both your BA in Theater and MBA and join the next generation of leaders in the arts, the entertainment industry or business enterprise.

Program Overview

The Accelerated Dual-Degree BA in Theater/MBA (3+1) is designed to offer highly motivated students an opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from the College of Arts and Sciences and a Master of Business Administration from the School of Business in 4 years. Both degrees are completed in full without compromise. 

This program offers advantages to students who have a passion for theater and an ambition for a career in the global business landscape. The study of theater sharpens self-confidence and public speaking skills while developing empathy. Theater students engage in hands-on problem solving, take on leadership roles, and become creative thinkers with an intrinsic, “get-the-job-done” work ethic. A student who wishes to separate his or her resume from the pack while developing the above skills and earning a respected degree in business might consider this accelerated dual-degree program as a differentiator. 

Additionally, this program offers advantages to students who wish to pursue leadership roles within the professional entertainment industry. There is a demand within the industry for skilled leaders who possess strong business administration skills paired with a core understanding of theater arts. Examples of high-paying jobs that accelerated dual-degree students would be uniquely qualified for include: executive director, producer, managing director, artistic director, director of development, business manager and operations manager. By pairing their passion for theater with the MBA degree, theater students substantially increase their employability and earning power upon graduation without compromising the personal, interpersonal and intellectual growth that a liberal arts education offers.

Undergraduate degree program options


In lieu of completing a bachelor‘s degree in theater, students may choose to complete an undergraduate degree from the School of Business and an MBA within the same timeframe (3 undergraduate years and 1 graduate year).

Theatre Arts Center

Space to experiment

In Fall 2017, we opened the Theatre Arts Center. The space is located at 515 Sherman Avenue, just around the corner from the York Hill Campus.

The new facility features a state-of-the-art black box theater, scenic shop, design studios, classrooms, faculty offices, a student lounge and additional rehearsal space.

Photo Gallery

Photograph

Robert Serrell talks as he sits in a chair across from a dozen seated students.

Learn from experience

Robert Serrell, executive director of The Barrow Group, talks with students in the new Theatre Arts Center.

Partner quote

“After earning a BA and MFA in theater, I’m incredibly grateful for the business skills I’ve learned from my MBA. MBA training has given me more confidence in marketing, fundraising and producing — which I’ve come to believe are essential elements for an actor to understand. I can directly trace my success as executive director of The Barrow Group, one of the top theater and training centers in NYC, to my MBA training.”
Robert Serrell, MFA, MBA
Executive Director at The Barrow Group
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The Barrow Group is a top theater and training center in New York City and a partner with our theater program on the annual New Play Festival in NYC.

Curriculum and Requirements

BA/MBA in Theater
Program of Study

This rigorous program of study includes extra courses during the fall and spring sessions, as well as summer sessions to complete the degree requirements for both a BA and an MBA in just four years.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
FYS 101 First-Year Seminar 3
EN 101 Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing 3
Humanities 3
EC 111 Principles of Microeconomics 3
DR 140 Stagecraft 3
DR 160 Acting I 3
 Credits18
Spring Semester
EN 102 Academic Writing and Research 3
MA 206 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 3
EC 112 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
DR 257 Design for the Theater 3
DR 270 World Theater History & Dramatic Literature I 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits18
Summer Semester
UC Breadth 3
UC Breadth 3
 Credits6
Second Year
Fall Semester
Natural Science (UC) 3
Natural Science Lab (UC) 1
Humanities Elective (UC) 3
Foreign Language 101 3
Free Elective 3
DR 286 Comparative Drama/ Play Analysis 3
DR Elective (Theater Focus Track) 3
 Credits19
Spring Semester
Foreign Language 102 3
Social Science 3
Humanities 3
AC 211 Financial Accounting 3
DR 275 World Theater History and Dramatic Literature II 3
MU or AR Elective 3
 Credits18
Summer Semester
DR 370 Internship in Theater Administration, Production, Performance, Education or Theater and Community 3
UC Breadth 3
 Credits6
Third Year
Fall Semester
FIN 201 Fundamentals of Financial Management 3
MBA 615 Managing the Decision Making Process 3
Depth Elective 3
Depth Elective 3
DR 350 Playwriting 3
DR Elective (Theater Focus Track) 3
MBA 601 Foundations for Decision Making (MBA QUick Start) 1
 Credits19
Spring Semester
Depth Elective 3
Senior Capstone 3
DR 230 Directing for the Theater 3
DR Elective (Theater Focus Track) 3
MBA 620 Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making (AC 620) 3
MBA 625 Organizational Behavior and Leadership for Decision Makers 3
 Credits18
Summer Semester
MBA Elective 3
MBA Elective 3
 Credits6
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
MBA Elective 3
MBA Elective 3
Take one of the following: 3
MBA 610
Business Decision Analysis  
EC 600
Managerial Economics  
CIS 600
Information Systems Strategy  
MBA 635 Decision Making for Business Operations 3
MBA 640 Financial Decision Making 3
 Credits15
Spring Semester
MBA 645 Marketing Decision Making 3
MBA 660 Decision Making in a Global Economy 3
MBA 690 Decision Making Capstone 3
MBA Elective 3
MBA Elective 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits158

Admission Requirements

The Accelerated Dual-Degree BA in Theater/MBA (3+1) program does not have a separate application process. Incoming freshman students admitted to the College of Arts and Sciences BA in Theater who meet the accelerated dual-degree program criteria will be invited to enter the program. To be considered for this accelerated program, students generally must be ranked in the top 20 percent of their high school class, and must have a total SAT score (critical reading and math) of 1200 or higher, or an ACT composite score of 25 or higher.  

Admission to the university is competitive, and applicants are expected to present a strong college prep program in high school. Prospective freshmen are strongly encouraged to file an application as early in the senior year as possible, and arrange to have first-quarter grades sent from their high school counselor as soon as they are available.

Merit Awards in Theater

Students applying for acceptance into the BA in Theater program are encouraged to apply for a Merit Award in Theater. Students who show promise in any of the primary areas of theater may be awarded scholarships.

Awards are limited to incoming freshmen and transfers only. Interested students must major or dual major in theater to be eligible. Awarded students need to remain a theater major or dual major in good academic standing for the award to continue in subsequent years. 

Student accepted into the Accelerated Dual-Degree BA in Theater/MBA (3+1) program would be eligible for merit awards for the first 3 years (while earning the BA in Theater).