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West Virginia University

Morgantown , West Virginia ,United States

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre

Musicals comprise a large percentage of the theatrical productions in the U.S. every year. We recognize that musical theatre study, performance and production are integral parts of any complete theatre education.

The goal of the Musical Theatre major is to train students for successful careers in musical and stage performance in the competitive entertainment industry. The major shares a joint curriculum and resources drawn from both the School of Theatre and Dance and the School of Music; however, the administration of the program is housed in the School of Theatre and Dance.

Through a course of study focused on the disciplines of theatre, music and dance combined with the University’s General Education Foundations (GEF) curriculum, the program is competitive with similar programs throughout the country, especially in the intensity and class time devoted to the study, practice and performance of music, theatre and dance.

The full course of study includes classes in acting, dance techniques, choreography, theatre history, vocal techniques, stage production, music theory, voice lessons, musical theatre literature and special topics. These artistic mediums also address skills necessary for career management, including auditions, resumes and professional representation. Through the Schools’ existing programs in acting and/or voice, students can take courses in traditional acting or vocal training and enroll in opera workshops.

Students have the opportunity to perform in one major musical and several minimally produced performance and showcase productions each academic year. In addition to a number of different performance opportunities in musicals, Music Theatre majors have the opportunity to cross traditional lines and benefit from participating in fully-staged dance, drama and opera productions.


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Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Career opportunities for Musical Theatre majors include working as professional performers in the television, film and entertainment industries. Graduates have gone on to work for Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional theatre companies.

Graduates may also choose to continue their education in graduate theatre programs.

PSW Opportunity

12 to 36 months( OPT duration depends on the major studied) 


Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria


  • Must have at least a 2.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale for general admission.
  • Must meet English Proficiency or request conditional admission and admission to the Intensive English Program (IEP).
  • Please be advised that some Engineering majors may reach capacity and therefore will be restricted from entry.
  • For direct admission to some colleges and majors, SAT or ACT scores are required and must be sent to WVU directly from the respective testing services. Please review the program requirements. For all other majors, international students are encouraged but not required to submit SAT or ACT scores, if available. SAT/ACT scores are useful for determining scholarship eligibility.
  • WVU welcomes applications from students with IGCSE and O-Level Certificates from Cambridge International for admissions consideration. We require a minimum of five subject passes, of which two must be English and Mathematics. The average of the grades must be at least a 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale). A passing grade in the subject of English will be accepted as evidence of sufficient English ability.


  • Must have at least a 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale in all college work attempted.
  • Must meet English Proficiency or request conditional admission and admission to the Intensive English Program (IEP).
  • In addition, transfer students who have fewer than 24 transferable credit hours, must also meet freshman admission standards and submit secondary school/high school transcripts. 
  • Some individual programs and majors have different course requirements and higher grade point average requirements; .
  • Grades and credits are transferable for college-level courses from regionally accredited U.S. institutions..

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  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Bachelors/UG Degree
  • Duration: 04 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 109152 USD
    Annual Cost of Living: 12000 USD
    Application Fee: 65 USD
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