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Transfer Pathway


Degree programs

Theater BA

Gain an understanding and appreciation for acting, directing and playwriting

About Transfer Pathways

Transfer Pathways are designed so you can complete a specific associate degree at a Minnesota State college and transfer to a Minnesota State university to earn a bachelor’s degree without losing credits or taking extra courses. Transfer Pathways can be a great resource for saving time and money as you work toward graduation.

If you complete a Transfer Pathway degree program at a Minnesota State college and are admitted to Metropolitan State, you will be guaranteed junior status and given assurance that all 60 college credits will count toward the related bachelor’s degree.


After you finish a curriculum of lower-division credits (and become an admitted Metro student), you’ll complete your four-year degree with upper-division credits from Metropolitan State University. Degree requirements—and any eligibility criteria some programs have in addition to university admissions—are found on each program’s page.

Semester 1: 15 credits

  • THEA 345: Acting III (4 credits)
  • THEA 321: Directed Readings (online) (4 credits)
  • THEA 400: Playwriting (4 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits)

Semester 2: 14 credits

  • THEA 390: Evolution of Western Theater (4 credits)
  • THEA 351: Production/Performance Lab (2 credits)
  • Theater Elective** (4 credits)
  • Elective (4 credits)

Semester 3: 16 credits

  • THEA 540: Directing & Creating (4 credits)
  • THEA 441: Careers Portfolio (1 credit)
  • Theater Elective/Independent Study (4 credits)
  • Electives (7 credits)

Semester 4: 15 credits

  • THEA XXX: Theater Capstone or Internship (4 credits)
  • Theater elective (4 credits)
  • Electives (7 credits)

*The Live Theater Experience and Advanced Acting are offered Spring Semesters.

**Electives include Voice, Playwriting II, and Advanced Acting. Classes may be taken twice for credit with instructor approval.

Note: Students must satisfy the Liberal Studies (LS; 8 upper-division credits) and the Racial Issues Graduation Requirement (RIGR) when planning their schedules.

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