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Theatre

Graduate Advisor
Brandon McWilliams
th_gradadvisor@txstate.edu
512.245.8548
Theatre Center, Room 121 D

Department of Theatre and Dance
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Texas State was recently ranked among the top ten performing arts schools in the United States, garnering local, regional and national awards. The M.F.A. degree options expand the skills of students, preparing them to work in regional and national theatres and to teach at the university level. Students regularly earn honors at the regional and national levels of the American College Theatre Festival.

Degree Concentration Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.F.A. Design 60 Non-Thesis No Minor
M.F.A. Directing 60 Non-Thesis No Minor
M.F.A. Dramatic Writing 60 Non-Thesis No Minor
M.A. Dramaturgy 36 Non-Thesis Minor required
M.A. History and Criticism 30 Thesis Minor required

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall March 15 March 15
Spring No Admission No Admission
Summer I No Admission No Admission
Summer II No Admission No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a flexible deadline.

Funding Information
The deadlines to apply for certain types of funding may be earlier than the deadline above.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a firm basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. International applicants, please visit our international web pages for additional requirements.

ApplyTexas Application

  • completed online ApplyTexas application

  Review the instructions for submitting your ApplyTexas application.


Application Fee(s)

  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • $50 nonrefundable international evaluation fee (if applicable)

  Review the instructions for submitting your application fee(s).


Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree (preferably a B.A. or B.F.A. in theatre) from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each four-year institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 2.75 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
  • minimum 24 undergraduate hours in theatre

  Review the instructions for submitting your transcripts. Official transcripts will be required if admission is granted. 


GRE Scores

  • official GRE scores required with a preferred minimum of 300 (verbal and quantitative sections combined) for the M.A. degree programs in dramaturgy and history and criticism
  • GRE scores not required for M.F.A. degree programs in design, directing, and dramatic writing

  Review the instructions for submitting your official test scores.


Documents & Other Requirements

All applicants should have non-academic practical theatre experience.

M.A. Applicants:

  • resume/CV
  • statement of purpose indicating your proposed area of specialty and detailing past practical experience
  • two letters of recommendation

M.F.A. Applicants:

  • resume/CV
  • statement of purpose detailing your area of specialty, related background information, and goals in pursuing the M.F.A. in theatre
  • theatre portfolio (preferably electronic) which may include rehearsal prompt books of past directing projects, design sketches and renderings, production photos, DVDs, reviews, and/or items showing process and aesthetic
  • two letters of recommendation
  • Dramatic Writing applicants: sample of creative writing
  • Directing applicants: An interview with program faculty may be required. Preferably, the interview should take place on campus so you can attend a M.F.A. class session as part of your itinerary.

  Review the instructions for using the Graduate Admissions Document Upload tool (GADU) to submit your documents. You will have access to GADU after you submit your ApplyTexas application and activate your Texas State NetID.


TOEFL or IELTS Scores

Applicants are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

  Review the instructions for submitting your official test scores.