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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Studying Theatre

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Legally Blonde
The Department presented Legally Blonde in April 2013.


Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

Admission to undergraduate Major is granted by the department. Contact the department for application procedures.

The Department offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS). The degree requires 45 credit hours and is designed for the theatre generalist. All courses must be taken with the guidance of your major advisor. The minor in Theatre consists of a minimum of 23 credit hours. In addition, a more rigorous undergraduate degree is the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), which offers multiple track programs for the performer and technician. Admission is gained through audition/portfolio interview; two auditions/portfolio reviews are held annually. The major in Dance consists of 54 credit hours, including performance, studies and activities. Dance also includes the BFA degree.

In addition, the Department offers a Master of Arts (MA). MSU is the only state university that offers the terminal degree: the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Theatre Arts, with majors in acting, musical theatre, directing, scene design, costume design, lighting design, sound design or technical direction.

An introduction from the Chair

View an introduction to the department by Dr. Paul J. Hustoles here.

INCOMING STUDENTS: We've tried to streamline the process for you to let you know about all opportunities. This is a great place to begin your admission process.

The Department of Theatre & Dance is dedicated to two primary goals: to provide students with the highest caliber of training in theatre and dance that will allow them to create theatre of any kind at any level, and to provide the southern Minnesota region with a multifaceted, high-quality theatrical experience. These goals interweave to provide entertainment and education to those on both sides of the curtain.

The Minnesota State Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance is heavily involved in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

Program Options


For information on how to arrange a visit or for more application forms to download go to the Admissions page.