Degree Program Overview

At Sam Houston State University, we pride ourselves on training great performers with the ability to sing, act, and dance, making our graduates true triple threats.

The BFA in Musical Theatre is designed to meet the specific needs of musical theatre performers in the industry through classes taught by talented instructors with years of experience.


We recognize the importance the industry places on dance and acting; therefore, we have built strong dance and acting components in to the degree plan for Musical Theatre majors. We emphasize ballet and offer courses in jazz, modern, and tap. Our students participate in acting, directing, design, speech, and auditioning classes, as well as Musical Theatre-specific classes such as History of the American Musical, Musical Theatre Workshop, Voice, and majors-only music courses.


Our relationships with many of the Houston area theatres gives our students the opportunity to enjoy working in their discipline while attending school. Currently, we have internships with Theatre Under the Stars, Stages Repertory Theatre, The Classical Theatre Company, and Texas Repertory Theatre. Our students are able to audition for and secure these positions adding valuable credits to their resumes and experiencing hands on training in the business.

Careers in Musical Theatre

  • Actor/singer/dancer
  • Director/Producer
  • Set Designer
  • Costume Designer

Alumni Success

Graduates of SHSU's musical theatre program have appeared in:

  • The Light in the Piazza (Broadway)
  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Broadway)
  • Legally Blonde (Broadway)
  • Wicked (Broadway)
  • Hairspray (Broadway)
  • Fosse (Broadway)
  • Billy Elliot (Broadway)
  • Chicago (Broadway)
  • Grease (Broadway)
  • Cats (national tour)
  • Dreamgirls (national tour)
  • Hair (national tour)
  • The Drowsy Chaperone (national tour)
  • Altar Boyz (national tour)
  • Legally Blonde (national tour)
  • Wicked (national tour)
  • Oklahoma (national tour)
  • The Producers (national tour)
  • Hairspray (national tour)

Required Auditions

Prospective students interested in joining SHSU's Musical Theatre Program are required to complete an audition.

Read more about auditions.

Program Breakdown

Brief breakdown of the type, or types, of degree(s) available, their length, available enrollment, and estimated cost.
Category Degree Summary
Catalog Entry Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) 
Length 138-143 Credit Hours
Enrollment Fall
Tuition/Costs Rates Per Semester

View the Musical Theatre brochure (.pdf).

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: May 15