MA in Performance Studies at Texas A&M University

James BallAll News, Other, Postgraduate



We are excited to receive applications to the MA in Performance Studies at Texas A&M University for Fall 2019. Graduate Assistantships are available for qualified students. This is a two-year, residential program with a thesis and a comprehensive exam option. Information on the application process, courses, and degree plan is available at . This cycle, we are taking applications on a rolling basis through March. However, please apply early for best consideration.


The Department of Performance Studies offers an M.A. program that provides flexible and interdisciplinary approaches to the study and practice of performance. As such, we welcome interest from students in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. We value performance as research and we encourage but do not require students to mount a performance as part of their degree. Our vibrant, accomplished faculty work internationally in a wide range of cultural contexts, and speak a variety of languages. They are leading scholars in performance, dance, theatre, and sound, with interests in Africana studies, religion, politics, martial arts, technology, theatre history, sound, media, folk/traditional and popular music, cultural studies, critical theory, religion, race, gender, and sexuality.


We prioritize student achievement and professionalization and offer opportunities that many programs reserve for their Ph.D. candidates. Our talented M.A. students conduct historical and ethnographic research on performance. They have delivered papers at national and regional conferences, published book reviews and journal articles, and won university and college-wide fellowships for their research and professional development. We are committed to helping our students to where they want to go next, whether this is further graduate studies, teaching, public or private sector work, arts administration, or other aspirations.


Texas A&M University is one of the largest R1 (very high research) universities in the United States. Its location, College Station, is a city in the heart of the Houston-Austin-Dallas triangle. It is about a 2-hour drive from Houston or Austin and a 3-hour drive from Dallas. Ranked No 3 on Kiplinger magazine’s list of 10 Great Places to Live, it is a vibrant and dynamic city with a quality of life and low cost of living that is advantageous to the student population.


For more information please contact


Dr. David Donkor, Director of Graduate Studies,, 979-862-8531