Applications & Admissions
The application deadline is January 15. Applications are submitted and processed online via the UMass Graduate School (see link at side).
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:
- The main Graduate School application, including Personal Statement.\
- Transcripts of all previous academic work
- Resume of relevant professional experience
- At least two letters of recommendation (you may submit three)
Directing also requires:
- Two writing samples, at least one of which should be an essay on a play you have directed or would like to direct.
Dramaturgy also requires:
- At least two writing samples which demonstrate research, analytic, and writing skills. Applicants may provide essays consisting of dramatic criticism, historical production research, or criticism of witnessed theatrical performances.
- (Note: preference is given to applicants in dramaturgy who are proficient in a second language.)
Costume Design also requires:
- A portfolio in a format of your choosing. The portfolio may include costume design renderings, photographs or slides of executed projects, or samples of graphic or other applied arts. Descriptive accounts of each item in the portfolio should be included.
Lighting Design also requires:
- A portfolio in a format of your choosing. The portfolio may include draftings, light plots and paperwork, photographs or slides of executed projects, or samples of graphic or other applied arts. Descriptive accounts of each item in the portfolio should be included.
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, Rhode Island, 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
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003
Email the Department of Theater Graduate Program Director: Harley Erdman.