Master of Arts in Theatre Arts

Students of the  MA in Theatre Arts program are expected to understand the self, Philippine society and culture through theatre, cultural performance, and live events;  conceptualise and design live performance events; reflect on the role of theatre and performance in world histories; and produce theoretically-informed research and creative projects in theatre and performance.


The curriculum of the MA Theatre Arts (Theatre Studies) is designed for scholars, researchers, teachers and critics of Philippine theatre.The program requires 39 units of course work and a creative project approved and evaluated by the theatre faculty members and invited theatre artists as panel members


On the other hand, the curriculum of MA Theatre Arts (Theatre Practice) is designed for performance practitioners who are interested to back-up their skills with performance theories.  Students in the Theatre Practice track must take 18 units of Theatre Electives to focus on technical and skills-based theatre courses in preparation for the program’s creative project requirements.

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Admission Requirements

Interested applicants must submit the following documents:


  1.  Letter of application stating the applicant’s purpose(s) and specific field(s) of interest (original and photocopy)

  2. Official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate work, if any (original and two photocopies)

  3. Accomplished GSO recommendation forms from two (2) former professors and/or employers

  4. Two (2) copies of accomplished GSO application form, each with 2” X 2” photo

  5. Copy of marriage contract (if name on transcript is different from current name)

  6. Proof of experience in theatre production


The documents must be placed inside a long brown envelope, and sent to:

Dean Jimmuel C. Naval, PhD

Through Channels

Graduate Studies Office, College of Arts and Letters

University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City 1101


Other application requirements include:

- Entrance test or interview conducted by the graduate faculty

- Non-refundable application fee (payable to the Cashier’s Office)

Php 100 (one hundred pesos) for Filipino citizens;

Php 200 (two hundred pesos) for resident aliens; or US$25 for non-resident aliens


For inquiries:


Visit: UP Diliman CAL Graduate Studies Facebook Page.

Email: CAL Graduate Studies Office c/o Jesa Domingo at cal_gso.updiliman@up.edu.ph and Erika Joy G. Ebua at eagutierrez@up.edu.ph

Program Checklists

After passing 33 units of required courses, students in the Theatre Studies track must present a thesis proposal. After successfully presenting the proposal, students must write and defend their respective master’s theses.

After passing 39 units of required courses, students in the Theatre Practice track must present a creative project proposal. After successfully presenting the proposal, students must stage and defend their respective creative projects.