Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism
Doctor of Fine Arts Degree
Upon completion of the Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism department requirements for an M.F.A. degree and graduation from Yale School of Drama, a student is eligible to register to remain in residence for the proposal year to apply to the Doctor of Fine Arts (D.F.A.) program. Acceptance into the D.F.A. program is not to be considered an entitlement and is based not only on the merits of the proposal, but also on the faculty’s assessment of the student’s performance and progress in the M.F.A. program.
After the D.F.A. Committee’s final approval of the dissertation, two bound copies must be delivered to the chair of the Department of Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism six weeks prior to the date on which the student expects to graduate. The dissertation proposal guidelines contain complete details and stipulations for obtaining the degree and are available through the department.
The D.F.A. candidate may elect to register as a full-time student in residence to pursue work on the dissertation. The tuition fee for this status is $1,000 per year in residence and entitles candidates to use libraries and related facilities, to audit courses related to their research, to Yale Health Basic Coverage, and to eligibility for tickets to Yale School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theatre productions.
In the first five years of residency, D.F.A. candidates receive a fellowship to cover tuition and Yale Health Hospitalization/Specialty Coverage. Students enrolled in the D.F.A. program are eligible to apply for one of three departmental writing fellowships, a Yale Rep artistic associate fellowship, a Knowledge Database fellowship, a Theater magazine fellowship, or teaching assistantships. These fellowships are awarded based on suitability and other factors, such as additional opportunities for support, pedagogical enrichment, and demand in the department. The Theater magazine, artistic associate, and Knowledge Database fellowships are yearlong; the rest are for the academic year only. As a result, fellowship awards offer differing financial support. More information is available from the financial aid office.