Performance Studies PhD

Degree Requirements

The following requirements are in addition to, or further elaborate upon, those requirements outlined in The Graduate School Policy Guide.


Total Units Required: 22

(Nine units credit is given for the master's degree during first year of coursework.)

Course Title
400- or 500-level courses in history of performance traditions, critical theory, media performance, cultural studies, and/or fieldwork (2 units)
PERF_ST 410-0Studies in Performance
PERF_ST 509-0Performance & Pedagogy
PERF_ST 518-0Seminar: Problems in Research
Electives in consultation with Director of Graduate Studies (17 units). In addition to the required course, students must complete one course unit in ethnographic methods.

Other PhD Degree Requirements

  • Examinations: foreign language examination equivalent to two years of college study; first year examination in the spring quarter of the first year of coursework, qualifying examination taken in winter quarter of final year of coursework
  • Research/Projects: 20-30 minute graduate performance developed in PERF_ST 410-0 Studies in Performance 
  • Cognate Requirement: enhanced tutorial in a subfield of knowledge outside of performance studies conducted with a faculty cognate advisor
  • PhD Dissertation: Dissertation development workshop at conclusion of third year; topic developed in coursework, workshop, and in consultation with advisor
  • Final Evaluations: oral defense of dissertation