MUSICAL THEATRE PROGRAMS

Depending on where you look, there are many "lists". The reality is, performers from any school, degree area or those with no post-baccalaureate training at all have made it and do make it on Broadway and in the world of musical theatre.

 

I've attempted to link these directly to the school's specific pages and they are broken down into Highly Selective Programs, Honorable Mentions, Programs You Should Consider, and Other Programs- BA and others.

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* = Playbill's Top MT programs on Broadway (2019)

+ = OnStage Blog's Top MT programs (2018-2019) or (2019-2020)

 

HIGHLY SELECTIVE PROGRAMS

These programs tend to repeatedly make it onto one of the many "Top schools for musical theatre" lists and have a solid reputation in the industry.

Baldwin-Wallace University + Berea, Ohio

Carnegie-Mellon University *+ Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

Elon University + Elon, North Carolina 

Emerson College Boston, Massachusetts 

Florida State University Tallahassee, Florida

Indiana University at Bloomington Bloomington, Indiana

Ithaca College Ithaca, New York (BFA Musical Theatre; BFA Theatre)

Juilliard * NYC (BFA Acting, Music, Dance) NO degree in Musical Theatre

Montclair State University + Montclair, New Jersey

New York University, New Studio on Broadway *+ NYC 

New York University, Steinhardt School of Education * NYC 

Oklahoma City University * Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 

Pace University + NYC

Pennsylvania State University + University Park, Pennsylvania

Point Park University *+ Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

Shenandoah Conservatory + Winchester, Virginia

Texas State University + San Marcos, Texas

University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music “CCM” *+ Cincinnati, Ohio

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor *+ Ann Arbor, Michigan

University of the Arts Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Webster University St. Louis, Missouri

HONORABLE MENTIONS

 

AMDA *+ New York/Los Angeles (Conservatory 2-year & BFA Musical Theatre)

Belmont University - Tennessee (BMus and BFA- MT/A, Heavy emphasis on Voice Programs) SPOTLIGHT

Boston Conservatory *+ Massachusetts (BFA Musical Theatre)

Coastal Carolina University+South Carolina (BFA Musical Theatre; BFA Acting, BA Theatre Arts)

Columbia College Chicago - Illinois (BA/BFA in MT/A)

Fordham University (BA Acting Performance Major, Directing Major)

Illinois Wesleyan University Illinois (BFA Musical Theatre; BFA Acting; BA Theatre Arts) SPOTLIGHT

Kent State University + Ohio (BFA Musical Theatre)

Long Island University + New York (BFA in Theatre Arts; MT concentration)

Marymount Manhattan College + New York (BFA in MT; Acting, BA Theater Arts, Dance) SPOTLIGHT

Molloy College + - New York (BFA, partnership with Cap 21)

Nazareth College - New York (BFA in Musical Theatre) SPOTLIGHT

Nebraska Wesleyan + Nebraska (BFA, audition for scholarships)

Otterbein College Ohio (BFA in MT/A)

Northwestern University * - Illinois (BA Theatre, BMus Music, MT certificate, audition end of freshman year)

Roosevelt University - Chicago, IL (BFA in MT/A)

Southeast Missouri State Missouri (BFA) SPOTLIGHT

Syracuse University + New York (BFA Musical Theatre; BFA Acting)

Texas Christian University + Texas (BFA Musical Theatre) SPOTLIGHT

University of Arizona Tucson, AZ (BFA in Musical Theatre, BATheatre Arts)

University of California, Irvine  California (BA Drama, BFA Musical Theatre; BFA Acting)

University of Hartford, The Hartt School Connecticut (BFA Musical Theatre, BFA Actor Training, Dance, BA Music, BMus Vocal Performance) SPOTLIGHT

University of Miami + Florida (BFA Musical Theatre, BFA Acting, BA Theatre Arts)

University of North Carolina School of the Arts * North Carolina (BFA Theater, Musical Theatre classes offered)

University of Oklahoma + Oklahoma (BFA Musical Theatre; BFA Acting)

Viterbo University + Wisconsin (BFA in MT/A)

Wright State University + Ohio (BFA in MT/A) SPOTLIGHT

Yale University + - Connecticut (BA- Theatre Studies, BA Music)

OTHERS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER

Abilene Christian University - Texas (BFA in MT/A)

Adelphi University - New York (BFA - Theater)

American University - Washington D.C. (BA in MT/A)

Anderson UniversityIndiana (BMus in MT; BA in MT; BA Theatre)

Arizona State University - Arizona (BA in Acting/Theatre, BMus in MT)

Auburn University - Alabama (BFA in MT, BFA in Theater)

Avila University - Missouri (BFA in MT, Acting; BA Theater)

Ball State University  - Indiana (BFA in MT/A/D)

Baylor UniversityTexas (BFA in Theatre Performance, MT concentration)

Boston University - Massachusetts (BFA in A/Theater Arts, BA in Music)

Brandeis University - Massachusetts (BA Theater Arts, Musical Theater track)

Brenau University - Georgia (BFA, audition for scholarships)

Brigham Young University - Utah (BFA, Music, Dance, and Theater)

California State University, Chico - California (BFA in MT)  SPOTLIGHT

California State University, Fullerton - California (BA in A, audition for freshman; BFA in MT, audition at end of sophomore year)

Catawba College North Carolina (BFA, BA)

Catholic University - Washington D.C. (BMus in MT, BA in Acting, BFA in Acting for Theatre, Film & Television)

Central Michigan University - Michigan (BFA in MT; BFA Acting/Directing; BS/BA/BAA in Theatre)

Central Washington University - Washington (BFA in MT/A)

Chapman University - California (BFA in Acting/ Film & TV)

Clarion University of Pennsylvania (BFA, audition at end of freshman or beginning of sophomore year)

Coastal Carolina University - South Carolina (BFA in MT/A, BA in Theater Arts)

Coker College - South Carolina (BFA in MT)

Cornish College of the Arts - New York (BFA Performing Arts, Musical Theatre emphasis; affiliated with NYCDA)

Creighton University - Nebraska (BFA in MT, BA, MT minor) 

Culver Stockton College - Missouri (BFA in MT)

DePaul University - Illinois (BFA w/ multiple tracks of focus)

Drake University - Iowa (BFA in MT)

East Carolina University - North Carolina (BFA, audition at end of freshman year)

Emory & Henry College Virginia (BFA Acting, Directing, MT, Theatre) 

Fairleigh Dickinson University - New Jersey (BA w/ concentrations in MT, A, Music minor available)

Five Towns College - New York (BFA, concentrations in Performance, Musical Theatre, or Music Business)

Florida Southern CollegeFlorida (BFA in MT, Performance) SPOTLIGHT

Howard University - Washington D.C. (BFA in MT/A/D)

Hofstra University - New York (BA in Drama, BFA Theatre Performance, Musical Theater minor, audition at end of sophomore year)

Jacksonville University - Florida (BFA, BM, BS, BA)

James Madison University - Virginia (BA in MT/A and BMus)

Kean University - New Jersey (BFA in Performance, BA Theatre)

Lees-McRae College - North Carolina (BFA, audition at end of freshman year)

Liberty University - Virginia (BFA in MT)

Limestone College - South Carolina (BFA in MT)

Lindenwood University - Missouri (BFA in MT)

Manhattan School of Music - New York (BMus in MT)

Manhattanville College - New York (BA Music, Musical Theatre concentration, BA in Theater Arts)

Marietta College - Ohio (BFA, BA)

Mars Hill University - North Carolina (BFA)

Metropolitan State College of Denver - Colorado (BFA, audition once accepted to the college)

Michigan State University (BFA in A; BA in Theatre; MT concentration

Millikin University - Illinois (BFA)

Missouri Valley College - Missouri (BFA)

Muhlenberg College - Pennsylvania (BA Theater, BA Music, BA Dance, can double major, audition is optional)

The New School - New York (BFA, BA)

New World School of the Arts - Florida (AA and BFA in MT and Theatre)

Northern Kentucky University - Kentucky (BFA in MT)

Oakland University - Michigan (BFA in MT/A/D, BA in Theatre)

Ohio Northern University - Ohio (BFA in MT)

Ouachita Baptist University - Arkansas (BFA in MT)

Pacific Lutheran UniversityWashington (BFA in MT, Acting/Directing, Design/Technical, BA Theatre)

Plymouth State University - New Hampshire (BFA in MT/A)

Rider University - New Jersey (BFA in MT/A, B.A. Theatre Arts)

Rockford College - Illinois (BFA in MT)

Rutgers University - New Jersey (Camden- BA in Theatre) (New Brunswick- BFA in Acting, BA)

Samford University - Alabama (BFA in MT)

Sam Houston State University - Texas (BFA in MT/A)

Savannah College of Art/Design "SCAD" - Georgia (BFA and MFA in Performing Arts)

Seton Hall University - New Jersey (BA Theater, Musical Theatre emphasis)

Shorter University - Georgia (BFA in MT/A)

Slippery Rock University - Pennsylvania (BFA in Acting, Musical Theatre Performance)

Southern Illinois - Illinois (BFA in MT)

Southern Illinois Univ, Carbondale - Illinois (BFA)

Southern Oregon University - Oregon (BFA Theater, Musical Theatre minor)

Southern Utah UniversityUtah (BFA Theater, Musical Theatre emphasis)

Southwestern University - Texas (BFA Theater, Musical Theatre concentration)

SUNY, Buffalo - New York (BFA in MT/A/D, BA in Theatre/D)

SUNY, Cortland - New York (BFA in MT, Musical Theatre minor)

SUNY, Fredonia New York (BFA in MT/A)

SUNY, Purchase - New York (BFA in Acting, BA in Theatre Studies)

Stephens College - Missouri (BFA, audition at end of freshman year)

Temple University - Pennsylvania (BA Theatre, Musical Theatre emphasis/concentration)

Texas Tech - Texas (BFA in A, BFA Musical Theatre concentration)

Towson University - Maryland (BFA in Acting; BA or BS in Theatre Arts)

Tulane University - Louisiana (BFA in MT through Music department, BA in Acting)

University of Alabama - Alabama (BFA in MT; BA in MT; BFA Theatre; BA Theatre)

University of Alabama at Birmingham - Alabama (BFA Musical Theatre; BA Theatre) SPOTLIGHT

University of California, Irvine - California (BFA in MT; BA Drama)

University of California, Los Angeles “UCLA” - California (BA in Acting)

University of Central Florida - Florida (BFA, MT, A, BA-Music) SPOTLIGHT

University of Colorado at Boulder (BFA in MT and Performance, BM in MT, BA in Theatre)

University of Colorado at Denver (BFA in Theater/ Film & TV, BA in Theatre)

University of Florida - Florida (BFA, MT/A, BA, BM)

University of Idaho (BFA)

University of Kansas (BFA Theater and Voice, through Music)

University of Maryland, Baltimore County (BFA and BA in Acting)

University of Memphis - Tennessee (BFA Theater Performance, Musical Theatre emphasis)

University of Michigan, Flint (BFA in Acting, BA w/ MT Concentration)

University of Minnesota, Duluth - Minnesota (BFA in MT/A)

University of Mississippi - Mississippi (BFA Acting; BA Theatre Arts)

University of Missouri, Kansas City (BA Music, Theatre concentration)

University of MontevalloAlabama (BFA MT/A, BFA Design/Tech, BA/BS Theater) SPOTLIGHT

University of Nebraska at Kearney - Nebraska (BFA, through Music department)

University of North Dakota - North Dakota (BFA in Musical Theatre)

University of Northern Colorado (BA in MT/A)

University of South Alabama - Alabama (BFA) (non-audition)

University of South Dakota - South Dakota (BFA)

University of Southern California (BFA Acting for Stage, Screen & New Media, Contemporary Musical Theatre)

University of Southern Mississippi - Mississippi (BFA Theater, Musical Theatre “Professional Training” option, audition for scholarships)

University of Tampa - Florida (BFA in MT and BA in M)

University of Texas at Arlington (BFA in MT)

University of Texas at El Paso - Texas (BFA in MT/A)

University of Utah - Utah (BFA in MT/A)

University of West Florida - Florida (BFA, BA audition at end of Freshman year)

University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point (BFA in MT)

University of Wyoming (BFA)

Western Carolina University - North Carolina (BFA and BM)

Western Connecticut State University (BFA in MT)

Western Illinois University - Illinois (BFA in MT, BA in A)

Western Kentucky University - Kentucky (BFA)

Western Michigan University - Michigan (BFA in MT Performance)

Westminster College of the Arts at Rider University - New Jersey (BFA)

West Virginia UniversityWest Virginia (BFA in MT/A & Design) SPOTLIGHT

Wichita State University - Kansas (BFA in MT/A)

Wilkes UniversityPennsylvania (BFA in MT)

Valdosta State UniversityGeorgia (BFA) SPOTLIGHT

Virginia Commonwealth University - Virginia (BFA in Performance)

Youngstown State University - Virginia (BFA in MT)

OTHER PROGRAMS: BA, BMus, BS

Adrian College - Michigan (BA)
Arkansas State University Arkansas (BA Theatre, MT emphasis)
Ashland University - Ohio (BA Theatre, Musical Theatre concentration)
Birmingham-Southern College - Alabama (BA MT, audition at the end of sophomore year)
Boston College - Massachusetts (BA Theatre)
Bowling Green State University - Ohio (BA Theatre, MT specialization)
Brown University - Rhode Island (BA in Theatre Arts)
California State University, Northridge (BA Theatre, Musical Theatre minor)
Carthage College - Wisconsin (BA Music, MT emphasis)
Christopher Newport University (BA Theatre, Musical Theatre track)
Colgate University - New York (BA in Theatre Major/Minor)
College of William and Mary - Virginia (BA in Theatre)
Columbia University/ Barnard College - NYC (BA in Drama and Theatre Arts)
Dartmouth College - New Hampshire (BA in Theatre, declare major in sophomore year)
DeSales University - Pennsylvania (BA, Audition only for scholarships)
Drew University - New Jersey (BA in Theatre Arts)
Duke University - North Carolina (BA in Theatre Studies)
Friends University - Kansas (BA)
Goucher College - Maryland (BA in Theatre)
Harvard University/Harvard College Massachusetts (BA in Theatre Arts, Acting)
Heidelberg University - Ohio (BA/BA Theatre, Musical Theatre emphasis)
Illinois State University (BA in Acting)
James Madison University - Virginia (BA in MT/A and BMus)
Kennesaw State UniversityGeorgia (BA in Theatre & Performance Studies, Musical Theatre Concentration)
Loyola Marymount University - California (BA in Acting)
Marywood University - Pennsylvania (BA)
Meredith College - North Carolina (BA in Theatre)
Northeastern University - Massachusetts (BMus, Musical Theatre minor)
Notre Dame de Namur University - California (BA in MT/A)
North Central College - Illinois (BA, audition for scholarships)

Northern State University - South Dakota (BA)

Northern Vermont University - Vermont (BA)
Northwestern State University - Louisiana (BA Theatre, Musical Th performance conc.)

Palm Beach Atlantic University - Florida (BA)
Pepperdine University - California (BA in Acting, BA in Music and Theatre)
Princeton University - New Jersey (BA in Music; Certificate in Music Theatre)
Rhode Island College - Rhode Island (BA Theatre, MT concentration)
Rollins College - Florida (BA in Theatre, Musical Theatre concentration)
Rowan University - New Jersey (BA in Theatre)
Russell Sage College - New York (BS in MT; B.A. Theatre
St. Edward’s University - Texas (BA, Musical Theatre concentration, audition for scholarships)
Santa Clara University - California (BA in Theatre Arts, Musical Theatre minor)
Seton Hall University - New Jersey (BA in Theatre)
SUNY, Geneseo - New York (BA in Musical Theatre)
Susquehanna University - Pennsylvania (BA Theatre Performance)
University of AkronOhio (BA in Theatre Arts)
University of California, Berkeley (BA Acting/ Theatre Studies)
University of California, Davis (BA in Theatre & Dance)
University of Denver - Colorado (BA in Theatre and minor)
University of Maryland, College Park (BA in Theatre)
University of Missouri, Kansas City (BA Theatre Arts) 
University of Mobile - Alabama (BMus in Musical Theatre)
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (BA Theatre Studies)
University of Nevada, Reno (BA in Theatre, Dance & minors)
University of New Hampshire (BA in Theatre, Musical Theatre minor)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (BA in Drama, B.M.)
University of North Carolina at Pembroke (BA Theater Arts)
University of Pennsylvania (BA Theatre Arts)
University of Puget Sound - Washington (BA Theatre)
University of Redlands - California (BA in MT/A)
University of Richmond - Virginia (BA in Theatre)
University of Southern Maine (BMus in MT)
University of Virginia (BA in Drama)
University of Wisconsin, Green Bay (BA in MT/A)
Vassar College - New York (Drama Major, Dance Concentration)
Wagner College - New York (BA Theatre)
Weber State University - Utah (BA in MT; BA Theatre Arts)
West Chester UniversityPennsylvania (BA Theatre, MT Concentration)
West Texas A&M - Texas (BA in Musical Theatre)
West Virginia Wesleyan College (BA in Musical Theatre)
William Patterson University - New Jersey (BA Theatre & Comedy)