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 pulled some of this information from Jennifer John's Broadway Artists Alliance resource. Jennifer is a fellow Stetson University Musical Theatre undergrad from the short-lived B.M. they offered in the late '80s/early '90s. I've attempted to link these directly to the school's specific pages and they are broken down into Top or Highly Selective Programs, Honorable Mentions, Programs You Should Consider, and Other Theater Degrees.

Happy hunting!

* = 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

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 + College 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

AMDA *+ New York/Los Angeles (Conservatory 2-year & B.F.A. Musical Theatre)

Boston Conservatory *+ Massachusetts (B.F.A Musical Theatre)

Coastal Carolina University+South Carolina (B.F.A. Musical Theatre; B.F.A. Acting, B.A. Theatre Arts)

Fordham University (BA Acting Performance Major, Directing Major)

Illinois Wesleyan University Illinois (B.F.A. Musical Theatre; B.F.A. Acting; B.A. Theatre Arts)

Ithaca College New York (B.F.A. Musical Theatre; B.F.A. Theatre)

Kent State University + Ohio (B.F.A. Musical Theatre)

Marymount Manhattan College + New York (B.F.A. in MT; Acting, B.A. Theater Arts, Dance)

Northwestern University * (B.A. Theatre, B.Mus. Music, MT certificate, audition end of freshman year)

University of Arizona Tucson, AZ (B.F.A. in Musical Theatre, B.A. Theatre Arts)

University of California, Irvine  California (B.A. Drama, B.F.A. Musical Theatre; B.F.A. Acting)

University of Hartford, The Hartt School Connecticut (B.F.A. Musical Theatre, B.F.A. Actor Training, Dance, B.A. Music, B.Mus. Vocal Performance)

University of Miami + Florida (B.F.A .Musical Theatre, B.F.A. Acting, B.A .Theatre Arts)

University of North Carolina School of the Arts * Winston Salem, NC (B.F.A. Theater, Musical Theatre classes offered)

University of Oklahoma + Norman, OK (B.F.A. Musical Theatre; B.F.A. Acting)

Syracuse University + New York (B.F.A. Musical Theatre; B.F.A. Acting)

Texas Christian University + Texas (B.F.A. Musical Theatre)

Viterbo University + Wisconsin (B.F.A. in MT/A)

Wright State University + Ohio (B.F.A. in MT/A)

Yale University + (B.A.- Theatre Studies, B.A. Music)

OTHERS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER

HONORABLE MENTIONS

American University (B.A. in MT/A)

Arizona State University (B.A. in Acting/Theatre, B.Mus. in MT)

Ball State University  Ohio (B.F.A. in MT/A/D)

Belmont University - Tennessee (B.Mus. and B.F.A.- MT/A, Heavy emphasis on Voice Programs)

Boston University - Massachusetts (B.F.A. in A/Theater Arts, B.A. in Music)

Brandeis University (B.A. Theater Arts, Musical Theater track)

Brigham Young University (B.F.A., Music, Dance, and Theater)

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

Catawba College North Carolina (B.F.A., B.A.)

Catholic University (B.Mus. in MT, B.A. in Acting)

DePaul University - Illinois (B.F.A. w multiple tracks of focus)

Fairleigh Dickinson University (B.A. w/ concentrations in MT, A, Music minor available)

Hofstra University - New York (B.A. in Drama, B.F.A. Theatre Performance, Musical Theater minor, audition at end of sophomore year)

James Madison University (B.A. in MT/A and BM)

Kean University - New Jersey (B.F.A. in Performance, B.A. Theatre)

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

Manhattan School of Music - New York (B.Mus. in MT)

Manhattanville College (B.A. Music, Musical Theatre concentration, B.A. in Theater Arts)

Millikin University - Illinois (B.F.A.)

Molloy College + New York (B.F.A., new partnership with Cap 21)

Muhlenberg College (B.A. Theater, B.A. Music, B.A. Dance, can double major, audition is optional)

Nazareth College (B.F.A. in Musical Theatre)

Nebraska Wesleyan + Nebraska (B.F.A., audition for scholarships)

Otterbein College Ohio (B.F.A. in MT/A)

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

Roosevelt University - Chicago, IL (B.F.A. in MT/A)

Rutgers University (Camden- B.A. in Theater) (New Brunswick- B.F.A. in Acting, B.A.)

Savannah College of Art/Design "SCAD" - Georgia (B.F.A. and M.F.A. in Performing Arts)

Seton Hall University (B.A. Theater, Musical Theater emphasis)

Shorter University - Georgia (B.F.A. in MT/A)

Southeast Missouri State Missouri (B.F.A.)

SUNY, Buffalo - New York (B.F.A. in MT/A/D, B.A. in Theater/D)

SUNY, Fredonia New York (B.F.A. in MT)

Stephens College - Missouri (B.F.A., audition at end of freshman year)

Temple University (B.A. Theater, Musical Theater emphasis/concentration)

Tulane University - Louisiana (B.F.A. in MT through Music department, BA in Acting

University of Alabama (B.A. MT Concentration; B.A. Theatre; B.F.A. Theatre)

University of Alabama at Birmingham (B.F.A Musical Theatre; B.A. Theatre)

University of California, Irvine (B.F.A. in MT; B.A. Drama)

University of California, Los Angeles “UCLA” (B.A. in Acting)

University of Central Florida - Florida (B.F.A., MT, A, BA-Music)

University of Florida (B.F.A., B.A., B.M.)

University of Memphis - Tennessee (B.F.A. Theater Performance, Musical Theater emphasis)

University of Missouri, Kansas City (B.A. Music, Theater concentration)

University of Northern Colorado (B.A. in MT/A)

University of Southern California (B.F.A. Acting for Stage, Screen & New Media, Contemporary Musical Theater)

University of Colorado at Boulder (B.F.A. in MT and Performance, BA in Theater)

Western Connecticut State University (B.F.A in MT)

Western Michigan University - Kalamazoo, MI (B.F.A. in MT Performance)

Westminster College of the Arts at Rider University - New Jersey (B.F.A.)

Valdosta State UniversityGeorgia (B.F.A.)

Other BFA Programs (Musical Theatre & Acting)

Abilene Christian University - Texas (B.F.A. in MT/A)

Adelphi University - New York (B.F.A.- Theater)
Auburn University - Alabama (B.F.A. in Theater, MT Curriculum)

Avila University - Missouri (B.F.A. in MT, Acting; BA Theater)

Belmont University - Tennessee (B.Mus. and B.F.A.- MT/A, Heavy emphasis on Voice Programs)

Brenau University - Georgia (B.F.A., audition for scholarships)

Central Michigan University - Michigan (B.F.A. in MT)

Clarion University of Pennsylvania (B.F.A., audition at end of freshman or beginning of sophomore year)

Chapman University - California (B.F.A. in Acting/ Film&TV)

Central Washington University - Washington (B.F.A. in MT/A)

Coastal Carolina University - South Carolina (B.F.A. in MT/A, B.A. in Theater Arts)

Coker College - South Carolina (B.F.A. in MT)

Columbia College - Illinois (B.A./B.F.A. in MT/A)

Cornish College of the Arts - New York (B.F.A. Performing Arts, Musical Theatre emphasis; affiliated with NYCDA)

Culver Stockton College - Missouri (B.F.A. in MT)

Drake University - Iowa (B.F.A. in MT)

Emory & Henry College Virginia (B.F.A. Acting, Directing, MT, Theatre) 

Five Towns College - New York (B.F.A., concentrations in Performance, Musical Theatre, or Music Business)

Florida Southern CollegeFlorida (B.F.A. in MT, Performance)

East Carolina University - North Carolina (B.F.A., audition at end of freshman year)

Lees-McCrae College - North Carolina (B.F.A., audition at end of freshman year)

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

Jacksonville University - Florida (B.F.A., B.M., B.S., B.A.)

Liberty University - Lynchburg, VA (B.F.A. in MT)

Limestone College - South Carolina (B.F.A. in MT)

Lindenwood University - Missouri (B.F.A. in MT)

Marietta College - Ohio (B.F.A., B.A.)

Mars Hill University - North Carolina (B.F.A.)

Metropolitan State College of Denver - Colorado (B.F.A., audition once accepted to the college)

Michigan State University (B.F.A. in A; B.A. in Theatre; MT concentration

Missouri Valley College - Missouri (B.F.A.)

The New School - New York (B.F.A., B.A.)
New World School of the Arts - Florida (A.A. and B.F.A. in MT and Theatre)

Northern Kentucky University - Kentucky (B.F.A. in MT)

Oakland University - Michigan (B.F.A. in MT/A/D, B.A. in Theatre)

Ohio Northern University - Ohio (B.F.A. in MT)

Ouachita Baptist University - Arkansas (B.F.A. in MT)

Plymouth State University - New Hampshire (B.F.A. in MT/A)
Tulane University - Louisiana (B.F.A. in MT through Music department, B.A. in Acting)

Rockford College - Illinois (B.F.A.in MT)

Rutgers University - New Jersey (New Brunswick- B.F.A. in Acting, B.A.)

University of South Dakota - South Dakota (B.F.A.)

Samford University - Alabama (B.F.A. in MT)

Sam Houston State University - Texas (B.F.A. in MT/A)

Slippery Rock University - Pennsylvania (B.F.A in Acting, Musical Theatre Performance)

Southern Illinois - Illinois (B.F.A. in MT)

Southern Oregon University - Oregon (B.F.A. Theater, Musical Theatre minor)

Southern Utah UniversityUtah (B.F.A. Theater, Musical Theatre emphasis)

Southwestern University - Texas (B.F.A. Theater, Musical Theatre concentration)

SUNY, Cortland - New York (B.F.A. in MT, Musical Theatre minor)

SUNY, Purchase - New York (B.F.A. in Acting, B.A. in Theatre Studies)

Stephens College - Missouri (B.F.A., audition at end of freshman year)

Southern Illinois Univ, Carbondale - Illinois (B.F.A.)

Towson University - Maryland (B.F.A in Acting; B.A. or B.S. in Theatre Arts)

University of Colorado at Denver (B.F.A. in Theater/ Film & TV, B.A. in Theatre)

University of Idaho (B.F.A.)

University of Kansas (B.F.A. Theater and Voice, through Music)

University of Maryland, Baltimore County (B.F.A. and B.A. in Acting)

University of Michigan, Flint (B.F.A. in Acting)

University of Minnesota, Duluth - Minnesota (B.F.A. in MT/A, audition at end of freshman year)

University of Mississippi - Mississippi (B.F.A. Acting; B.A. Theatre Arts)

University of Nebraska at Kearney - Nebraska (B.F.A., through Music department)

University of North Dakota - North Dakota (B.F.A. in Musical Theatre)

University of Southern Mississippi - Mississippi (B.F.A. Theater, Musical Theatre “Professional Training” option, audition for scholarships)

University of South Alabama - Alabama (B.F.A.) (non-audition)

University of Tampa - Florida (B.F.A. in MT and B.A. in M)

University of Texas at Arlington (B.F.A. in MT)

University of Texas at El Paso - Texas (B.F.A. in MT/A)

University of Utah - Utah (B.F.A. in MT/A)

University of West Florida - Florida (B.F.A., B.A. audition at end of Freshman year)

University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point (B.F.A. in MT)

University of Wyoming (B.F.A.)

Western Carolina University - North Carolina (B.F.A. and B.M.)

Western Illinois University - Illinois (B.F.A. in MT, B.A. in A)

Western Kentucky University - Kentucky (B.F.A.)

Wichita State University - Kansas (B.F.A. in MT/A)

Wilkes UniversityPennsylvania (B.F.A. in MT)

Virginia Commonwealth University - Virginia (B.F.A. in Performance)

Youngstown State University - Virginia (B.F.A. in MT)

 

Other Programs: B.A. and others

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

Northern State University - South Dakota (B.A.)

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

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

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