The Department of Theatre offers the following degrees:
Bachelor of Arts,
Master of Arts centered in theatre history and dramatic literature or playwriting, either of which may include dramaturgy,
Master of Fine Arts in acting or design and technology.
The department has a unique mandate. It is the only department in the state university system of Missouri empowered to grant the M.F.A. degree in theatre, the terminal degree for candidates preparing for a career in the professional theatre. Accordingly, the main thrust of the department is its master of fine arts programs that prepare professional actors, designers and technicians for the regional repertory and commercial production companies of the United States. Training in the master of fine arts programs is performance and production oriented. The unique arrangement by which the Department of Theatre and the Kansas City Repertory Theatre coexist, interact and support each other while using the same facilities provides ideal opportunities for candidates.
A training ensemble of experienced professionals is maintained to teach classes and address candidates' needs. In addition to the regular faculty, guest directors and visiting teachers are brought in from the professional world outside and from the ranks of the Kansas City Repertory Theatre to enhance training opportunities. Accreditation is by the National Association of Schools of Theatre. The Department is also a member of the University/Resident Theatre Association.