We know that choosing the right degree is complex. One particularly important factor in this process is determining the financial commitment you will have to make to complete a program, and which one gives you the best return on your investment once you graduate. Of course, it's also essential to investigate scholarships and financial aid to offset tuition. Here are the typical costs for a theatre arts degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 9,638 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

15% above average compared to other degrees

$ 23,557 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

17% above average compared to other degrees

$ 41,984 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

30% above average compared to other degrees

What do theatre arts graduates earn?

Theatre arts students make an average of $50,829 per year after graduation. This is 24% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 50,829 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 10% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular theatre arts schools in the US

There are 1604 schools in the US that offer a theatre arts degree. The theatre arts schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-San Diego and University of California-Irvine. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in theatre arts per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-Los Angeles$13,261
University of California-San Diego$14,018
University of California-Irvine$13,738
University of California-Berkeley$14,170
University of California-Santa Barbara$14,451
University of California-Davis$14,419
New York University$50,464
California State University-Long Beach$6,730
San Diego State University$7,460
Boston University$52,082

Top US schools for a theatre arts degree

The following chart lists the most prestigious schools offering theatre arts degrees, along with their average acceptance rate and tuition costs:

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Stanford University5%$49,617
Harvard University5%$48,949
Columbia University in the City of New York7%$57,208
Yale University7%$51,400
Massachusetts Institute of Technology7%$49,892
Pomona College8%$51,075
Brown University8%$53,419
Northwestern University9%$52,678
University of Pennsylvania9%$53,534
Duke University10%$53,500

Cheapest US schools for a theatre arts degree

Of the schools in the US that offer a theatre arts degree, the following have the lowest tuition costs:

School NameTuition
Haskell Indian Nations University$480
American River College$1,104
Cosumnes River College$1,104
Sacramento City College$1,104
San Joaquin Delta College$1,104
Folsom Lake College$1,104
Antelope Valley College$1,124
Yuba College$1,124
Chabot College$1,138
Fullerton College$1,138


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