Accelerated Dual-Degree BA in Theater/MBA (3+1)

Program Contact: Kevin Daly   203-582-3500

The Accelerated Dual-Degree BA/MBA (3+1) program offers highly motivated students an opportunity to earn a BA in Theater and an MBA from the School of Business in just 4 years. Both degrees are completed in full without compromise. 

This program offers advantages to students who have a passion for theater and ambitions for a career in the global business landscape. The study of theater sharpens self-confidence and public speaking skills while developing empathy. Theater students engage in hands-on problem solving, take on leadership roles, and become creative thinkers with intrinsic, ”get the job done“ work ethics. A student who wishes to have his or her resume stand out from the pack, while developing the above skills and earning a respected degree in business might consider this 3+1 program as a differentiator.

Additionally, this program offers advantages to students who wish to pursue leadership roles within the professional entertainment industry. There is a demand within the industry for skilled leaders who possess strong business administration skills paired with a core understanding of theater arts.  Examples of high-paying jobs that 3+1 students would be uniquely qualified for include: executive director, producer, managing director, artistic director, director of development, business manager and operations manager. By pairing their passion for theater with the MBA degree, theater students substantially increase their employability and earning power upon graduation without compromising the personal, interpersonal and intellectual growth that a liberal arts education offers.  

BA in Theater/MBA
Program of Study

This rigorous program of study includes extra courses during the fall and spring sessions, as well as summer sessions to complete the degree requirements for both a BA and an MBA in just four years.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
FYS 101 First-Year Seminar 3
EN 101 Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing 3
Humanities 3
EC 111 Principles of Microeconomics 3
DR 140 Stagecraft 3
DR 160 Acting I 3
 Credits18
Spring Semester
EN 102 Academic Writing and Research 3
MA 206 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 3
EC 112 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
DR 257 Design for the Theater 3
DR 270 World Theater History and Dramatic Literature I 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits18
Summer Semester
UC Breadth 3
UC Breadth 3
 Credits6
Second Year
Fall Semester
Natural Science (UC) 3
Natural Science Lab (UC) 1
Humanities Elective (UC) 3
Foreign Language 101 3
Free Elective 3
DR 286 Script Analysis 3
DR Elective (Theater Focus Track) 3
 Credits19
Spring Semester
Foreign Language 102 3
Social Science 3
Humanities 3
AC 211 Financial Accounting 3
DR 275 World Theater History and Dramatic Literature II 3
MU or AR Elective 3
 Credits18
Summer Semester
DR 370 Internship, Conservatory or Professional Experience 3
UC Breadth 3
 Credits6
Third Year
Fall Semester
FIN 201 Fundamentals of Financial Management 3
MBA 615 Skills for Contemporary Business Issues 3
Depth Elective 3
Depth Elective 3
DR 350 Playwriting I 3
DR Elective (Theater Focus Track) 3
MBA 601 Foundations for Decision Making (MBA QUick Start) 1
 Credits19
Spring Semester
Depth Elective 3
Senior Capstone 3
DR 230 Directing I 3
DR Elective (Theater Focus Track) 3
MBA 620 Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making (AC 620) 3
MBA 625 Organizational Behavior and Leadership for Decision Makers 3
 Credits18
Summer Semester
MBA Elective 3
MBA Elective 3
 Credits6
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
MBA Elective 3
MBA Elective 3
Take one of the following: 3
Business Decision Analysis  
Managerial Economics  
Information Systems Strategy  
MBA 635 Decision Making for Business Operations 3
MBA 640 Financial Decision Making 3
 Credits15
Spring Semester
MBA 645 Marketing Decision Making 3
MBA 660 Decision Making in a Global Economy 3
MBA 690 Strategic Management 3
MBA Elective 3
MBA Elective 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits158

Student Outcomes

Upon completion of the BA in Theater, students will develop the following competencies:

  1. Understanding: Develop an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of theater artists: actor, director, scenic/lighting/costume designer, technical director and playwright. 
  2. Conceptual and Critical Thinking: Develop skills to think conceptually and critically about text, performance and production. 
  3. Self-Appraisal: Develop the skills to self-assess, critique and revise their own work.  
  4. Literacy: Develop a fundamental knowledge of theatrical history as well as dramatic literature.
  5. Production Skills and Knowledge: Develop the skills and techniques necessary for realizing a variety of theatrical styles.  

   6. Collaboration Skills: Develop skills in collective problem-solving.  

Upon completion of the MBA program, students will develop and emphasize skills in the following areas:

  1. Business Analytics: Demonstrate facility with quantitative methods and tools and an ability to interpret financial metrics.

  2. Managing People: Demonstrate an ability to understand models and applications of leadership and social intelligence.

  3. Managing Organizations: Demonstrate an ability to understand organizational behavior and structures and the importance of effective communication.

  4. Strategic Integration: Assess and diagnose a situation and to formulate and implement effective decisions and responses to business problems.

  5. Ethics: Identify ethical issues related to business situations and to develop appropriate situational responses consistent with organizational and societal values.

  6. Knowledge of Business Disciplines: Demonstrate knowledge of business disciplines (marketing, management, finance and managerial accounting) and the connection between disciplines.

Admission Requirements: College of Arts and Sciences

The requirements for admission into the undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences programs are the same as those for admission to Quinnipiac University.

Admission to the university is competitive, and applicants are expected to present a strong college prep program in high school. Prospective first-year students are strongly encouraged to file an application as early in the senior year as possible, and arrange to have first quarter grades sent from their high school counselor as soon as they are available.

For detailed admission requirements, including required documents, please visit the Admissions page of this catalog.