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The Graduate Program —

Admissions Procedures

We are currently accepting applications. Our next admission deadline is January 15, 2018, for the class to enter Fall of 2018.

Admissions Procedures

The application deadline is January 15. Applications are submitted and processed online via the UMass Graduate School at www.umass.edu/gradschool/.

All of the materials can be submitted online. URL links to web sites/on-line portfolios should be pasted into a PDF and then uploaded online.

These are the application materials:

Required of all MFA program areas:

Directing also requires:

Dramaturgy also requires:

Costume Design also requires:

Lighting Design also requires:

After the faculty has reviewed all completed applicant files, those candidates selected for top consideration will be invited to the campus for personal interviews. These interviews usually take place between mid-February and late March. In some exceptional instances, the interviews may be conducted via phone or video internet.

Additional Application Information

An applicant’s undergraduate degree need not be in Theater, but previous training and experience should be comparable to that required for the Bachelor of Arts in Theater at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Applicants with incomplete backgrounds in theater who show exceptional artistic promise may be admitted provisionally.

New England Regional Student Program

Qualified residents of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont are eligible to participate in the regional graduate tuition rate, currently 50 percent over the rate charged to residents of Massachusetts. Inquiries regarding the New England Regional Student Program should be directed to:

Graduate Admissions Office
530 Goodell
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003
(413) 545-0722

Email the Department of Theater Graduate Program Director: Harley Erdman.

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