Certificate Programs

Certificate Programs

In accordance with Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), Yale School of Drama provides the following information about its Certificate in Drama program:

The Certificate in Drama is conferred on students who do not hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited college but who complete with distinction the School’s three-year program in Acting, Design, Sound Design, Directing, Playwriting, Stage Management, or Technical Design and Production.


A representative sample of occupations for which the Certificate in Drama program prepares students is listed below. The occupation Names and Classification codes are drawn from the U.S. Department of Labor’s O-NET website, http://online.onetcenter.org, where profiles can be found for each of these occupational categories:

Certificate in Drama

  • Actors, 27-2011.00
  • Directors, 27-2012.02
  • Poets, Lyricists, and Creative Writers, 27-3043.05
  • Set and Exhibit Designers, 27-1027.00
  • Costume Attendants, 39-3092.00
  • Technical Directors, 27-2012.05

On-Time Graduation Rate

  • Certificate in Drama:  100%

Tuition and Fees

  • Certificate in Drama:  $31,800 annually for 3 years

Books, Supplies, and Living Expenses

Certificate in Drama

    • Books and Supplies (estimated):  $550-$2,600 annually for 3 years, varies by department
    • Living Expenses (estimated):  $17,045 annually for 3 years

Median Loan Debt (including pre-Yale loans)

  • Certificate in Drama:  $28,750
    • U.S. citizens receive Title IV funds.
    • International students receive institutional loans.