My name is Kati Donovan, and I am currently an MFA candidate in San Diego State University's Musical Theatre program. I wanted to write back to correct and clarify the information out there about graduate programs in Musical Theatre.
Officially--- the program at San Diego State University is the ONLY remaining Musical Theatre MFA in the nation. The other programs have closed, or stopped accepting applications, indefinitely due to budgetary reasons. And the difference between an MA or MM and an MFA is the fact that only the MFA is a terminal degree (meaning final, or highest degree in that field). Most tenure-track teaching positions at the collegiate level require a terminal degree for application. The program at SDSU accepts between 6 and 10 students every two years. It is a four-semester program, with courses in:
Musical Theatre History
Vocal lessons & coaching
Jazz, Tap & Dance Rep
Research & Bibliography
SDSU's MFA program will be accepting applications for the class of 2014, starting in October 2011. For more information or to contact the program, check out the school's website:
SDSU Musical Theatre MFA
Also I'm happy to answer any and all questions about the program, or for anyone considering advanced degrees in the field.
Also- you can follow us on twitter for information from the current MFA class: SDSUMFAmusthea