University of Guelph - Office of Graduate Studies

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Critical Studies in Improvisation (PhD)

University of Guelph - Office of Graduate Studies

Field of Study:Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Length:4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $2,331

This estimate represents the tuition per semester.


The interdisciplinary graduate program in Critical Studies in Improvisation (IMPR) offers MA and PhD degrees incorporating foundations in critical inquiry, multidisciplinary improvisatory practices, performative agency, and community engagement, built on years of award-winning, arts-based research and training by the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI). Join our community of improvisers!

In the cohort-based Critical Studies in Improvisation MA (2 years) and PhD (4 years) programs, students will complete three core courses together in Core Concepts, Research Methods, and Arts-Based Community-Making. In conjunction with faculty mentors, students will develop their individual program of study, customized to their research and practice interests. Through courses, project work and optional paid internships, students will have many opportunities to engage with fellow students, scholars, artists, improvisers-in-residence, and community organizations. Candidates will gain broadly applicable practical skills in research and project development, management and implementation, leadership, and collaboration.


Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*75
These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    Applicants must have achieved a minimum GPA of 75% in their completed Master’s degree program.
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    • Statement of Research Interests
    • Portfolio
  • CV
  • Transcripts
  • Writing Sample
  • Two letters of reference
  • Research Proposal with rationale
  • Portfolio of creative, professional, community-engaged, and/or research practice, in relationship to IMPR and to their proposed area of research. Portfolios can include music, artwork, digital files, writings, and must be linked to the candidate’s rationale for admission.
  • * The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on November 13, 2022