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Musical Theater, Undergraduate Certificate

Program Overview

Students pursuing a certificate in Musical Theater (Theater concentration) must satisfy all requirements for a BA or BFA in the School of Theater with a concentration in performance. Auditions are required for admission into the Musical Theater Undergraduate Certificate: Theater.


Undergraduate certificates are awarded concurrently with the bachelor’s degree, i.e., at graduation.  (Individuals already holding a bachelor’s degree will be awarded the certificate upon completion of the certificate program.) Please see the University Catalog for complete information on program requirements and policies.  Additional specifications may apply.

Certificate Requirements (30 credits)

This Certificate is restricted to students pursuing a BA or BM in Music or a BA or BFA in Theater with a concentration in performance. 

Auditions are required for admission, and some courses require placement.

Musical Theater Dance Courses  Required for both concentrations. Four of the following, with at least six credits at the 200 level or above:

•    DANC 125 - Modern/Contemporary Dance I Credits: 3
•    DANC 131 - Beginning Jazz Technique Credits: 3
•    DANC 145 - Ballet I Credits: 3
•    DANC 161 - Beginning Tap Dance Credits: 3
•    DANC 225 - Modern/Contemporary Dance II Credits: 3
•    DANC 231 - Intermediate Jazz Technique Credits: 3
•    DANC 245 - Ballet II Credits: 3
•    DANC 331 - Advanced Jazz Dance Credits: 3

Music Concentration (for music students) (18 credits)

Theater Concentration (for theater students) (18 credits)


The Musical Theater Certificate addresses the need in the cultural workplace for well-trained performers and responds to their desire to develop their creative talents while providing the academic degree that appeals to professionally-conscious students. The Certificate offers the opportunity for continued specialized training in Musical Theater and prepares students to fill the need for musical theater talent in this region and to be competitive at the national level.

The curriculum for the Certificate enhances the existing arts degrees by adding 18 credits of Music and 12 credits of Dance, designed to give students the opportunity to learn and practice fundamental skills for specialized stage and screen performances, to develop professional habits, and to think and respond creatively. Students will find a well-rounded program that will prove nationally competitive in its curriculum and performance opportunities. Course work in the program will hone the student’s ability to vocalize and speak properly, control pitch, tempo and volume, and convey emotion through speech and song. Students will refine the ability to perform dance across multiple genres and styles, partake in choreographed staged combat sequences, and portray emotion and feeling through physical character choices and movement. Classes will develop awareness and timing, an ability to both receive and offer instruction and criticism, and develop a professional-level focus on character and the scene during auditions, rehearsals, stage work, or film. Students will acquire critical performance skills and gain the necessary physical stamina and strength to excel during demanding rehearsal and production schedules.

Extracurricular performance opportunities associated with the Musical Theater Certificate include musical theater productions, opera and operetta, ensembles and cabarets, all available by audition.

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