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The Department of Theatre and Dance seeks degree candidates who can contribute to and benefit from its professional training programs. Students are selected for admission into the programs on the basis of academic potential, developmental maturity, prior achievement, and readiness for the department’s programs. Additional program requirements set forth for admission vary within the disciplines of study.

The Department has a priority deadline of December 1 for applicants and a standard deadline of February 15. Our standard deadline is a flexible one in that we will continue to take and review applications until our cohort is filled

To apply for admission to our programs, you must fill out an application through The Graduate College. For information on the application process please visit the following page

Requirements for M.F.A. Applicants

  • resume/CV
  • statement of purpose detailing your area of specialty, related background information, and goals in pursuing the M.F.A. in theatre
  • theatre portfolio (preferably electronic) which may include rehearsal prompt books of past directing projects, design sketches and renderings, production photos, DVDs, reviews, and/or items showing process and aesthetic
  • two letters of recommendation
  • Directing applicants: An interview with program faculty may be required. Read more.
  • GRE not required
  • baccalaureate degree (preferably a B.A. or B.F.A. in theatre) from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 2.75 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
  • minimum 24 undergraduate hours in theatre
  • $55 nonrefundable application fee OR $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials
  • completed online application