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Graduate Advisor
Brandon McWilliams
Theatre Center, Room 121D

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.

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* December 15 October 1
Summer I No Admission No Admission
Summer II No Admission No Admission

*The M.F.A. in theatre with a concentration in design is the only concentration available for the Spring 2019 term. All concentrations are available for Fall 2019.

Application Deadline
This program has a flexible deadline, which means applications received after the posted deadline may be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, with no guarantees for admission consideration.

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. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.

ApplyTexas Application

  • completed online ApplyTexas application

  Review important information about the ApplyTexas application.

Application Fee

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

  Effective Fall 2019 and beyond

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

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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 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 important information about transcripts. Official transcripts, sent directly from your institution, will be required if admission is granted. 

GRE Scores

M.A. Applicants

  • official GRE (general test only) required with competitive scores in the verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning sections

M.F.A. Applicants

  • GRE not required

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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: samples of playwriting or creative writing
  • Directing applicants: An interview with program faculty may be required. Read more.

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


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.

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Additional Information

  Interview Requirement
The M.F.A. in theatre requires students to work together closely; therefore, potential candidates in the directing concentration need to bring skills, temperaments, and goals that are in cohesion with the department and the cohort of students they will join. For this reason, semi-finalists will be invited to on-campus or Skype interviews/auditions.