Virginia Tech

MFA in Theatre in Arts Leadership

195 Alumni Mall
Henderson Hall (0141)
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
United States



Dr. Amanda Nelson

Program Goals and Objectives

Critical thinking, creative problem solving, and bold experimentation form the core of our arts leadership program.

We combine coursework with hands-on learning to provide a theoretical framework and practical experience in arts management and advocacy to prepare students for the demands of today’s leadership roles in the arts. 



Our 3-year program requires a minimum of 60 credit hours. 

Our  program is based on professional standards and practices, with particular emphasis on:

  • Collaborative management approaches
  • Inter-personal and business communication strategies
  • New trends in the field

All accepted students receive an assistantship and full tuition waiver. To maintain assistantship support, students must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours each semester.

Visit our website for specific information about our curriculum, including course descriptions and degree requirements.




Those seeking admission must submit the following to the Virginia Tech Graduate School:

1. A completed, signed application to the Graduate School
2. Official transcripts of all college-level work
3. Three letters of recommendation

Each applicant should forward the following  directly to Amanda Nelson:

1.     Cover letter;
2.     Statement of personal philosophy of theatre and career goals; and
3.     Resume.

Graduate admission tests (GRE, etc.) are not required.

Application deadline is January 15th.