About the Program

What is the difference between the BFA and B.A. programs?

Students interested in theater education and training are often concerned with the question of whether to pursue the BFA degree or the B.A. degree. This decision is a personal one and should be based on a student’s future plans after graduation. At APU, all students enter the B.A. program or audition to be in the BFA program.

The B.A. degree program offers students the most flexibility in pursuing their studies. It easily allows for second majors and studies in other areas of interest outside of theater because it requires fewer credit hours (45 credits) and allows for flexibility in course sequencing.

BFA students have a significant credit requirement in theater classes (63 credits) and a required sequence of coursework that makes carrying a double major more challenging due to potential class conflicts between majors.

Both degrees are designed so that students may take advantage of study abroad opportunities, although BFA students should consult with faculty advisors to determine if this could take place.

See the BFA program auditions for more information on the audition process and criteria for selection.


Transfer students considering Azusa Pacific should be aware that the BFA program requires, at minimum, three years of residence at APU, pending review of transfer credit, due to sequence of required courses.

Note: This information is current for the 2014-15 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.