Musical Theatre
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Musical theatre is a program that focuses on the principles and techniques for integrating theatre, music, and dance into a unified production. includes instruction in acting, dance, voice, technical theater, musical genres, piano, and history of musical theater.
School with the highest reported median starting salary ($44K) with a Bachelor's Degree: University of Notre Dame
Career with the highest median salary ($83K) where most workers have a Bachelor's Degree: Software Developers
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Careers for program graduates
Musical theatre majors work in these careers, which are sized by percentage of majors in the career (at least 1%) and colored by the predominant level of education.
Elementary and Middle School S...Specialized ManagersPostsecondary TeachersProducers and DirectorsSecretaries and Administrative...ActorsWaiters and WaitressesSecondary School TeachersFirst-Line Supervisors of Reta...Lawyers, and judges, magistrat...Education and childcare admini...Writers and AuthorsRetail SalespersonsFirst-Line Supervisors of Offi...Project Management SpecialistsSpecialized DesignersSpecialized Teachers and Instr...Accountants and AuditorsGeneral and Operations Manager...Social and Community Service M...
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Current completions
What level of degree do most graduates achieve, and do they match what your goals?
02004006008000-1 Year Certificate1-2 Year Certificate2-4 Year CertificateAssociate's DegreeBachelor's DegreeMaster's Degree
Completions over time
Have completions for drama and theater arts changed over time? Increasing completions may mean you'll likely have an easier time finding a school that offers this degree, with the opposite being true as well.
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Salary and Debt
How are students who recently completed a degree in musical theatre doing?
Below is the distribution of starting salaries along with accumulated federal and private education loans across schools that offer a degree in the field drama/theatre arts and stagecraft, which includes musical theatre.
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How does the median (middle) salary for drama and theater arts majors compare to the median salaries for other college majors?
Distribution: drama and theater arts majors' salaries by education level
What is the salary distribution for graduates with a bachelor's indrama and theater arts by the level of their highest degree (Graduate degrees may not be in the same field as the bachelor’s)
We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.
Is a bachelor's degree all you need?
Education level of workers with a bachelor's in drama and theater arts
Is a bachelor's degree going to be sufficient to make you competative in the job market? We can look at the education level of workers with a bachelors in this degree to see if there is a likely need for a graduate degree. You'll also want to check out the careers section on this page to where they are employed.
This chart shows the level of education of workers with a bachelor's degree in drama and theater arts. The worker's graduate degree may have been completed in a different field.
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Context: Graduate degrees in any field by undergraduate ACS degree
About 28% of drama and theater arts majors chose to also earn a graduate degree (possibly of a different major). The percentage of drama and theater arts majors who also earned a graduate degree is higher than about 57% of other fields.
Context: Percentage salary boost obtained with a graduate degree
How important is a graduate degree for earning a higher salary? We can see the difference in salary of workers with a bachelors in this degree to workers with a bachelor’s AND a graduate degree.
29%70%65%0%20%40%60%80%Bachelor's to Master'sBachelor's to DoctorateBachelor's to Professional
Top careers for those with a degree in drama and theater arts
Following are the most frequent jobs held by people who earned a bachelor's degree in Drama and Theater Arts (which combines 9 programs), though may not be limited to just those with a bachelor’s.
  1. Elementary and Middle School School Teachers
  2. Specialized Managers
  3. Postsecondary Teachers
  4. Producers and Directors
  5. Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
  6. Actors
  7. Waiters and Waitresses
  8. Secondary School Teachers
  9. First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
  10. Lawyers, and judges, magistrates, and similar judicial professionals
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Careers for drama and theater arts majors
Where do drama and theater arts majors work, and how well do those jobs pay? A ** in the job title indicates that the Department of Education recommends this job for this program.
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The top ten careers for workers with a bachelor's in drama and theater arts
Take a minute to interact with this sankey diagram. Follow the top ten jobs held by drama and theater arts graduates through to their most hired majors. Learn where it may easiest to find work. Expand the careers to explore other majors that might lead to the job that excites you the most. *For many majors, the top ten jobs don't even include half of graduates!*
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Elementary and Middl...Specialized ManagersPostsecondary Teache...Producers and Direct...Secretaries and Admi...ActorsWaiters and Waitress...Secondary School Tea...First-Line Superviso...Lawyers, and judges,...All othersThis degreeTop 10 Careers
What careers hire drama and theater arts majors as one of their top 10?
To the left of this diagram, see all careers that hire drama and theater arts majors as one of their top 10 majors, and on the right, see what proportion of openings for the jobs on the left are filled by drama and theater arts majors.
Drama and Theater ArtsAll other degreesActorsSpecialized Entertainers,...Producers and DirectorsAgents and Business Manag...Broadcast Announcers and ...Tour and travel guidesTelevision, video, and fi...Musicians and SingersAll other careersDegreeDegree in top 10 employed
Where can I complete this degree
Explore schools that offer musical theatre degrees and certificates
You can use this table to find schools that offer this program based on location and program level offered. Each entry goes to a school page similar to this one with all our information about that school.
Understanding the columns

The school list includes a few facts about each school that give you an idea of the educational quality each school might offer:

  • Student-Faculty Ratio: A small number of students per full-time instructor suggests individual attention for each student and an up-to-date curriculum.

  • Satisfaction Rate: A high percentage of returning first-year students should correlate with satisfaction (schools call this their retention rate).

  • Repayment Rate: A high repayment rate means most alumni earn enough to make progress repaying loans within 7 years of leaving.

We also show the total enrollment for the school as measured by full-time-equivalent (FTE) students enrolled annually.

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Top 10 similar programs
Following are related programs, ordered by those with the highest number of completions. You can explore a full list by pressing the more details button.
  1. Art/Art Studies
  2. Fine/Studio Arts
  3. Music
  4. Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts
  5. Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  6. Music Performance
  7. Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  8. Art History
  9. Visual and Performing Arts
  10. Dance
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Careers for drama and theater arts majors
drama and theater arts is part of a larger collection of programs: Studio Arts, Music, Dance, and Theater. Is there a different program that's close to drama and theater arts that might be a better match for your interests? You can use this table to see a little about the programs that fall under this umbrella. If you click on any of the table headers, that will sort the table by that column, or click on a row and see Ididio's profile for that program.
Gender of recent graduates
Of all people with any degree in musical theatre earned in the last academic year, 66% were women.
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Completions over time
Have completions by gender changed over time, or at specific levels of education?
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Context: Gender representation
How does the gender distribution in this major compare to all other majors?
Context: Percentage women
This major has a higher percentage of women than 64% other programs.
Distribution: salaries by gender
Does gender greatly influence your salary with this degree? The closer the bar are, the less discrepancy there is.
Context: Salary inequity
For drama and theater arts graduates, men have a 11% higher median salary than women, This is better than many: 85% of programs have graduates with higher salary inequities.
Race/Origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all musical theatre graduates from this last academic year. We found a higher percentage of international graduates in this program than in 52% of other programs.
Pacific Islander
American Indian
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Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates
Minority students comprise a lower percentage of graduates than in 80% of other programs.