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Communication & Performance

Graduate Programs
Required Courses (15 hours):
  • Foundations of Storytelling Performance, STOR 5140 (3)
  • Advanced Advanced Solo Performance STOR 5230 (3)
  • History of Performance Traditions STOR 5890 (3)
  • Vocal Training for Professionals STOR 5820 (3)
  • Storytelling Practicum STOR 5241 (3)

Electives (6 hours from the following):

  • Languages of Storytelling STOR 5190 (3)
  • Storytelling Institute STOR 5830 (1-3)
  • Story Dramatization STOR 5840 (1-3)
  • Story Performance STOR 5850 (1-3)
  • Other approved elective courses (1-3)

TOTAL: 21 hours

Apply for the Graduate Certificate in Storytelling

Admissions Requirements
For admission to the ETSU Graduate Program in Storytelling, the Graduate School requires the following:

  • a Bachelors degree from an accredited institution
  • A brief admissions essay (1-2 pp.) stating the significance of storytelling in student's life experience as well as the student's professional and personal goals in storytelling
  • All undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic or professional mentors or colleagues
GRE scores are required.

For further information on Graduate Studies at East Tennessee State University, visit the Graduate School website.

Download ETSU Graduate Application forms.

To take courses for credit in the ETSU Storytelling Program, you can apply as a non-degree student, or as a graduate major. Courses taken as a non-degree student will count as transfer courses in the event that you later decide to work towards the degree. A maximum of 9 graduate credit hours are allowed to be transferred towards the degree, whether these hours are taken before or after admission to the degree program.
*The Masters Thesis or Non-Thesis Capstone Project
The Storytelling Masters Program requires either a Thesis (STOR 5960) or a Non-Thesis Capstone Project (STOR 5961) as a culminating experience towards the degree.

*Thesis or Capstone Project Prospectus

A proposal paper must be approved by your advisor and graduate committee before enrolling for your Thesis or Capstone hours. This proposal will often (but not always) be developed in your Research Methods course. It lays the groundwork for your thesis or project topic, and includes a proposed methodology, design, justification, limitations, and initial literature/resource review.
Whether you elect the thesis or the non-thesis option the ultimate judge of how quickly you complete the coursework and requirements would be you. Students who are taking the course on a full-time or a part-time basis can complete the course in any time frame from two summers and an intervening year to as much as six years (the Graduate School limit). For your convenience, we have split the journey to graduation up into six phases.

Phase One

  • Application and admission

Phase Two

  • Start Coursework

Phase Three

Initiate and submit paperwork after 12 hours of coursework:

  • Candidacy form
  • Appoint Committee Form
  • Program of Study Form

Phase Four

  • Submit prospectus for thesis or capstone project

Phase Five

  • Completion of coursework and thesis or capstone project

Phase Six

  • Submit thesis or project, complete oral defense.

Phase Seven

  • Graduation
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