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Application Deadlines (MA/MFA)

Start Term Priority Decision* Rolling Admission Through
Fall Term (September) February 1 July 1

If you are a current student or alumni of the Theatre Education & Applied Theatre MA program and are applying to the MFA only, this program has the following application deadlines:

Application Deadlines (Theatre Education & Applied Theatre MA Current Student or Alumni)

Start Term Priority Decision* Rolling Admission Through
Spring Term (January) November 1 November 15
Fall Term (September) February 1 July 1

*Priority Decision Advantages: Priority review for admission, first consideration for scholarships and earlier receipt of an admissions decision.

For official term start dates please review our Academic Calendar.

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Admission Requirements: Master’s Program

  • Online Application 
    • After submitting your application, you will receive an email with your Admission ID. Please use your username and password to log in and check the status of your application.
  • Official Transcripts
    • Official transcript requirements 
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
    • From persons best able to assess academic and professional qualifications, including motivations and goals. 
  • Admission Essay: 2 to 4 pages, double-spaced (500 to 1,000 words). The prompt for the application is:
    • In a cohesive essay, please express why you want to pursue the MA/MFA option. Cite specific examples from your work, life, and educational experiences that have led to your decision to further your academic training as a theatre educator in a social justice-focused program. What are your professional and personal goals in pursuing the MA/MFA, particularly in relation to social justice, and why is this the right time in your life/career to take this next step?
  • Resume
    • Include your professional and educational history.
  • Artistic Resume
    • Include your artistic experience and history. 
  • English Proficiency: Applicants whose native language is not English must provide evidence of English proficiency by submitting official TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, or Pearson test results.

Admission Requirements: Master’s of Fine Arts Program

  • Online Application 
    • After submitting your application, you will receive an email with your Admission ID. Please use your username and password to log in and check the status of your application.
  • Official Transcripts
    • We will automatically add the transcript for your Master of Arts in Theatre Education degree. There is no need for you to put in a request for this transcript.
    • We do not require a bachelor’s or any other transcript for the application.
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
    • There are no letters of recommendation required. 
  • Admission Essay: 2 to 4 pages, double-spaced (500 to 1,000 words). The prompt for the application is:
    • In a cohesive essay, please express why you want to pursue the MA/MFA option. Cite specific examples from your work, life, and educational experiences that have led to your decision to further your academic training as a theatre educator in a social justice-focused program. What are your professional and personal goals in pursuing the MA/MFA, particularly in relation to social justice, and why is this the right time in your life/career to take this next step?
  • Resume
    • Include your professional and educational history.
  • Artistic Resume
    • Include your artistic experience and history. 
  • English Proficiency: Applicants whose native language is not English must provide evidence of English proficiency by submitting official TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, or Pearson test results.

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International Applicants

  • This program supports the issuance of an I-20 for the full duration of the on-campus portion of the program to learn more about applying for an I-20 you can preview the information here. No documentation is required until after you have been admitted.
  • International Student Checklist

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