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 personal 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. 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.
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 online application. We cannot review your application until all of the required materials listed below are submitted successfully.

Submission of the following indicates a complete application file:

Materials Notes
Application Required sections
Term Selection
Biographical Information
Personal Background
Academic History
Test Scores (see below)
    1) Personal Statement
    2) Diversity Statement
    3) Resume/CV
    4) Writing Sample
Recommendations (3 recommendations required)
All other sections 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.

Click here for more information about transcripts and credentials.

If you've received credit from institutions outside of the United States, click here to view additional instructions for international transcripts and credentials.

English language test scores TOEFL results should be reported on the online application for all applicants whose first language is not English, regardless of US citizenship status. Please do not mail in paper copies of your results; there is no need for official copies of results for initial review.

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

EXCEPTIONS: Applicants who have completed 24 quarter credits or 16 semester credits (within the past 24 months) in residence as a full-time student at a recognized institution of higher learning in the United States (or other English-speaking country) before entering the University of Minnesota are generally exempted from this requirement.

Click here for more information about TOEFL Scores.

GRE scores

Our department offers the option of submitting GRE general test scores for MA/PhD and PhD applicants. If you choose to submit scores, we recommend taking the exam early (October or December).