Theatre A.B./Nonprofit Management and Leadership M.A. (non-thesis)

The joint AB in Theatre/MA in Nonprofit Management and Leadership is designed to train highly motivated students in the artistic, critical, and administrative skills and sensibilities needed for successful careers in theatre management, administration, and development. We place a strong emphasis on using applied theatre and the arts to foster social change and to serve communities in the nonprofit sector. Our students will be the future nonprofit theatre leaders and entrepreneurs.

Admission to Program

Students who meet the requirements for admission to the pathway outlined will be considered for admission to the dual degree program during the Fall semester of their third year at UGA. By October 15, students will submit a statement of purpose outlining their reasons for seeking admission to the program, including their future goals. Admission of the student to the dual degree pathway must be approved by the department head and undergraduate coordinator.

Minimum GPA of 3.0; experience working as a stage manager or assistant stage manager of a production in the University Theatre Season completed or in progress at the time of application to the dual degree pathway.

Curriculum

Graduate-level courses that may be used to satisfy undergraduate and graduate program requirements.

1) Students accepted to the dual degree pathway will enroll in MNML 7237: Theory and Management of Nonprofit Organizations, a requirement for the Nonprofit Management and Leadership MA. For dual degree students only, MNML 7237 will substitute for one of the five required THEA courses at the 3000 level or above.

2) Students accepted to the dual degree pathway will enroll in three credits of MNML 7055: Internship in Nonprofit Organizations, a requirement for the Nonprofit Management and Leadership MA. For dual degree students only, MNML 7055 will substitute for one of the five required THEA courses at the 3000 level or above. The instructor of record and student's undergraduate advisor will ensure that the student's proposed internship is in the performing arts.

3) Students accepted to the dual degree pathway will enroll in THEA 7110: Stage Management or THEA 7383: Management and Production for Theatre. (Students may enroll in both, but only one will be considered to satisfy both an AB elective and an MA elective). Each of these courses fulfills one of the major requirements in the Theatre AB (i.e., one of the five required THEA courses at the 3000 level or above), as well as one of the four electives in the Nonprofit Management and Leadership MA.

4) Students accepted to the dual degree pathway will enroll in THEA 7710S: Community-Based Theatre, which fulfills major requirements in the Theatre AB. This course will be considered to satisfy one of the major requirements in the Theatre AB (i.e., one of the five required THEA courses at the 3000 level or above), as well as one of the four electives in the Nonprofit Management and Leadership MA.

Additional requirements that are unique to this Double Dawgs program:

In their fifth year, students completing the dual degree will enroll in THEA 7610: Play Direction Laboratory as one of their electives in the Nonprofit Management and Leadership MA.

Admission to Graduate Program

The M.A. Nonprofit Management and Leadership program requires the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) for admission, as well as a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of no less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
• GRE: Tests taken after August I, 2011. We recommend a total GRE score of at least 300, with more emphasis on the verbal score. For tests taken before August 1, 2011, the program recommends a combined GRE score of at least 1000.
• MAT: The program requires a MAT score of at least 410 for admission.
• GMAT: The program requires a total GMAT score of at least 533 for admission.

Students must submit the following to be considered for admission:

Resume/CV - Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae detailing work, educational, professional and volunteer experience.

Goals Statement - Please send a statement/essay of approximately 3 pages in length that outlines your interest in graduate education and a career in the nonprofit sector. A successful statement reflects your passion for working with nonprofit organizations, describes the impact you hope to make in your career, and addresses the following questions:
• Why are you seeking a Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management and Leadership?
• What experiences, professional and/or personal, have led you to pursue the MA NML degree? Please outline why the program at UGA is of particular interest to you.
• What are your professional goals regarding work in the nonprofit sector? Please include a brief outline of your areas of interest with respect to both content (ie: environment; arts; human services; etc.) as well as process (ie: grant writing; program evaluation; program management and administration; etc.).

Three Letters of Recommendation (one academic and two from employment supervisor or other director/mentor). The letters may be submitted one of three ways:
a. Via email. They must be formal recommendation letters on letterhead and submitted as an attachment to the initial email. Letters in the body of the email will not be accepted. We will only accept emails sent directly from the recommender.
b. Via mail directly to the Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program Office. The letter of recommendation may be mailed directly to the MA NML Program Office.
c. Submitted online via the Graduate School admissions web site.

Program Advisor

  • Name: Emily Sahakian
  • Email: sahakian@uga.edu
  • Phone: 706-542-0560
  • Address: 254 Fine Arts

Undergraduate Major Information

  • Major: Theatre A.B.
  • Department/College: Theatre and Film Studies

Advising Contact

  • Name: Dina Canup
  • Email: dinac@uga.edu
  • Phone: 706-583-0045
  • Address: 203-A Fine Arts Building

Graduate Major Information

  • Major: Nonprofit Management and Leadership M.A.
  • Department/College: Institute for Nonprofit Organizations

Advising Contact

  • Name: Anthony Mallon
  • Email: ajmallon@uga.edu
  • Phone: 706-542-5467
  • Address: 125 School of Social Work