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MA/PhD Application Instructions

For the MA/PhD program, we expect: a minimum of 18 undergraduate credits or the equivalent in theatre arts; a 3.0 grade point average; and a US bachelor's degree or comparable foreign degree from a recognized college or university.

Admission into the PhD or PhD-Track Program is dependent upon a review by a committee of the faculty in the theatre historiography program. The committee examines grade point averages, GRE scores, resumes, letters of recommendation, statement of career objectives, and the submitted samples of research writing. In order to be admitted to the MA/PhD program, you must have a working knowledge/reading proficiency of at least one foreign language (or a sign language). A computer language will not satisfy this requirement. Please indicate in your statement what foreign language you are presenting to fulfill this criteria for admission and whether this is an acquired language through school/college or your “native” or first language. To be considered for the prestigious Graduate School Fellowship, all materials and GRE scores must be submitted by January 5, 2017. Personal interviews are not required of PhD or PhD-track applicants.

Note: The department does not accept applications for “MA only” students. Those applying for the PhD program directly from baccalaureate programs should apply to the PhD track.

Please note that we admit graduate students for fall semester only. Only under unusual circumstances will students be allowed to begin their studies at another time during the academic year.

Your application for the program should be received by the department no later than January 5, 2018.
Applications arriving after those dates will be considered only if there is an opening in the program.

Application Checklist

All application materials should be submitted directly to the ApplyYourself admissions system. We cannot review your application until all of the required materials listed below (except the MFA Design/Tech portfolio) are submitted successfully.

Submission of the following indicates a complete application file:

Materials Notes
Application Required fields: Personal Information, Application Information, Educational Background, Languages, Awards & Activities, Employment/Residence Information, Financial Support, Applicant Statements #1 & #2, and Recommendations.

Optional fields: All other fields or application materials are optional, but will be taken into consideration if submitted.

Click here to access the online application.
Application fee Click here for more information about fees.
Transcripts Unofficial transcripts or academic records should be uploaded directly to the online application. Please do not mail in paper copies of your transcripts, there is no need for official transcripts or academic records for initial review.

If you are admitted, the University will then request official copies of your transcripts.

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English language test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) If you are admitted, the University will then request official copies of your results.

Click here for more information about TOEFL Scores.
GRE scores Our department requires GRE scores for MA/PhD and PhD applicants.
Program Application Complete the PDF iconMA/PhD Application Form and upload it under Graduate Program Additional Application in the Program Supplementary Information section in ApplyYourself.