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Hello from Carbondale!

Welcome to our BFA in Musical Theater and BA in Theater at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Students in our program follow an immersive course of study on a lovely campus nestled in the beauty of the Shawnee National Forest. 

In addition to the plethora of natural beauty, our university is a two-hour drive from St. Louis, MO and a leisurely train ride of 4.5 hours to Chicago. Both cities provide a panoply of professional and cultural activities for your enjoyment.  We also take the mental health of our students very seriously and Saluki Cares, our on-campus mental wellness department provides counseling, financial assistance and many other things.  We also meet with our students one-on-one on a regular basis to check-in on them, see how they’re doing, and help in any way we can.

SIU Carbondale attracts students from every state in the country – not to mention every corner of our planet.  So, take a moment to learn even more about our program—a program that will provide you with the skills and the inspiration you will need to be your very best YOU!

“The great thing about a small program is that you really feel noticed by every professor. You don’t just blend into the crowd. The quality of SIU’s professors, students and productions are top-tier. My four years with them truly paved the way for my career today.”
-Zoe Jensen, SIU grad now touring the country as Eliza Hamilton in the National tour of Hamilton.

Programs offered at Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Undergraduate Programs: 

  • BA - Theatre Arts
  • BFA- Musical Theater
  • BM - Music, with a choice of emphasis in the following:
    • Education
    • Theory/Composition
    • Vocal or Instrumental Performance
  • BA - Music, with choice of emphasis in the following:
    • Music Business
    • Liberal Arts, Music
  • Music minor
  • Theatre minor
  • Dance minor (coming soon!)
Graduate Programs: 
  • MM - Opera/Musical Theater Concentration 
  • MM - Music History and Literature 
  • MM - Music theory and Composition
  • MM - Instrumental Performance 
    • Orchestral 
    • Piano 
    • Guitar  
  • MM - Vocal Performance 
  • MM - Collaborative Piano 
  • MM - Music Education 
  • MM - Conducting 
    • Orchestral
    • Choral  
    • Winds 

If you are interested in Scholarships, please apply as soon as you can (for full consideration, you MUST apply by November 1, 2022).

Please feel free to contact our admissions department, which will lead you to areas that will answer questions about basic student concerns. It is also helpful to have the email address of our financial aid department. They will give you information and application deadlines for all UNIVERSITY scholarships.

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