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Doctor of Philosophy in Theatre, Theatre for Youth and Community - Admission Requirements

Doctor of Philosophy in Theatre, Theatre for Youth and Community - Admission Requirements

Steps to apply

1. Apply to ASU Graduate Admissions

Applications are accepted for odd years only. The next application cycle is for fall 2023. Applications will be available beginning in August, 2022. The application deadline is January 15, 2023.

Applications received after the deadline may not be accommodated. 

Prepare the following for your Graduate Admission Application:

  • Non-refundable application fee
  • Institutional History: Attendance dates and degree information for all institutions previously attended.
  • Grade Point Average (on a 4.0 scale): Undergraduate, Junior/Senior and, if applicable, Graduate GPAs.
  • Submit transcripts and test scores to ASU Graduate Admission Services.
  • Official transcripts: Sealed hardcopy or electronic transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework must be sent directly to ASU Graduate Admission Services. All international transcripts must be submitted in the original language accompanied by an official English translation. Translations must be literal, complete versions of the originals and must be translated by a university, government official or official translation service. You may not complete your own translation. If an email is requested to send your transcripts, please send to gradtranscripts@asu.edu
  • Proof of English Proficiency (non-native English-speaking applicants only). Please review minimum score requirements on the website.

2. Submit the Theatre Application

Applications are accepted for odd years only. The next application cycle is for fall 2023. Applications will be available beginning in August, 2022. The application deadline is January 15, 2023.

In addition to the requirements outlined on the Graduate College web site, Theatre for Youth and Community requires additional application materials to be submitted in your theatre application:

  • Statement of purpose: you should cogently explain your research, educational philosophies and future career goals. After reading these statements the PhD faculty should understand not only your current passions, but also why the Theatre for Youth and Community program at ASU would be an appropriate fit to meet your educational, philosophical and scholarly goals.
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Sample of scholarly writing (e.g. a research paper written for a prior college course)
  • Graduate Record Examination: scores within 5 years must be submitted in the application
  • Three letters of recommendation from scholars familiar with your work. You will provide contact information and the application system will contact the individuals on your behalf.

3. Interview

A virtual interview is required. To schedule a virtual interview, contact Dr. Kristin Hunt (kmhunt7@asu.edu). Though not required, we strongly advise prospective students to visit the ASU Tempe campus to meet with students and faculty.

3. Decision Letters

Decision letters will be sent to applicants by mid-March to the email address they submitted in their ASU Graduate Admissions application. Teaching assistantships and scholarship awards will also be sent with the admission letter.

Doctor of Philosophy in Theatre, Theatre and Performance of the Americas - Admission Requirements

Doctor of Philosophy in Theatre, Theatre and Performance of the Americas - Admission Requirements

Steps to Apply

1. Apply to ASU Graduate Admissions

Applications are accepted for odd years only. The next application cycle is for fall 2023. Applications will be available beginning in August, 2022. The application deadline is January 15, 2023. Applications received after the deadline may not be accommodated. 

Prepare the following for your Graduate Admission Application:

  • Non-refundable application fee
  • Institutional History: Attendance dates and degree information for all institutions previously attended.
  • Grade Point Average (on a 4.0 scale): Undergraduate, Junior/Senior and, if applicable, Graduate GPAs.
  • Submit transcripts and test scores to ASU Graduate Admission Services.
  • Official transcripts: Sealed hardcopy or electronic transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework must be sent directly to ASU Graduate Admission Services. All international transcripts must be submitted in the original language accompanied by an official English translation. Translations must be literal, complete versions of the originals and must be translated by a university, government official or official translation service. You may not complete your own translation. If an email is requested to send your transcripts, please send to gradtranscripts@asu.edu
  • Proof of English Proficiency (non-native English-speaking applicants only). Please review minimum score requirements on the website.

2. Program Specific Requirements

Applications are accepted for odd years only. The next application cycle is for fall 2023. Applications will be available beginning in August, 2022. The application deadline is January 15, 2023.

In addition to the requirements outlined on the Graduate College web site, Theatre and Performance of the Americas requires additional application materials to be submitted in your theatre application:

  • Statement of Purpose: describe your background and experiences as they relate to your reasons for pursuing the doctorate. Include your research interests and indicate future career goals.
  • Curriculum Vitae: list any relevant experience
  • Sample of Scholarly Writing: a research paper written for a prior college course is acceptable. 
  • Graduate Record Examination: scores within 5 years must be submitted in the application
  • Three Letters of Recommendation from scholars familiar with your work. You will provide contact information when you submit your application.

3. Interview

Though not required, an interview is strongly recommended. You can complete your interview by either scheduling a virtual interview or visiting the ASU Tempe campus. To schedule your interview, contact Professor Tamara Underiner (Tamara.Underiner@asu.edu).

4. Decision Letters

Decision letters will be sent to applicants by mid-March to the email address submitted in the ASU Graduate Admissions application. Teaching assistantships and scholarship awards will also be sent with the admission letter.

Master of Arts in Theatre - Admission Requirements

Master of Arts in Theatre - Admission Requirements

Steps to Apply

1. Apply to ASU Graduate Admissions

The application deadline is February 15, 2022 for fall 2022 admission. Applications received after the deadline may not be accommodated.

Prepare the following for your Graduate Admission Application:

  • Non-refundable application fee
  • Institutional History: Attendance dates and degree information for all institutions previously attended.
  • Grade Point Average (on a 4.0 scale): Undergraduate, Junior/Senior and, if applicable, Graduate GPAs.
  • Submit transcripts and test scores to ASU Graduate Admission Services.
  • Official transcripts: Sealed hardcopy or electronic transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework must be sent directly to ASU Graduate Admission Services. All international transcripts must be submitted in the original language accompanied by an official English translation. Translations must be literal, complete versions of the originals and must be translated by a university, government official or official translation service. You may not complete your own translation. If an email is requested to send your transcripts, please send to gradtranscripts@asu.edu
  • Proof of English Proficiency (non-native English-speaking applicants only). Please review minimum score requirements on the website.

2. Submit the Theatre Application

The 2022 application will be available September 1, 2022 for fall 2022 admission. The application deadline is January 15, 2022.

In addition to the requirements outlined on the Graduate College web site, the MA in Theatre requires additional application materials to be submitted in your theatre application:

  • Comprehensive undergraduate preparation in theatre (at least a theatre minor or its equivalent): Deficiencies in undergraduate preparation (not to exceed 12 semester hours) may be removed while pursuing the MA degree; courses taken to remove deficiencies may not be counted toward the degree.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher 
  • Statement of purpose: you should describe your background, experiences, research interests and future career goals.
  • Current resume: list any relevant experience.
  • Three letters of recommendation: you will submit the contact information of three professionals familiar with your work in the Graduate University Admissions Application. 
  • Sample of Scholarly Writing: a research paper written for a prior college course is acceptable. 

3. Decision Letters

Decision letters will be sent to applicants by mid-March to the email address submitted in the ASU Graduate Admissions application. Teaching assistantships and scholarship awards will also be sent with the admission letter.

Master of Fine Arts in Theatre, , Performance - Admission Requirements

Master of Fine Arts in Theatre, , Performance - Admission Requirements

1. Apply to ASU Graduate Admissions

This program is not accepting new students at this time. Please check back in September 2021 for fall 2022 admission.

Prepare the following for your Graduate Admission Application:

  1. Non-refundable application fee
  2. Institutional History: Attendance dates and degree information for all institutions previously attended.
  3. Grade Point Average (on a 4.0 scale): Undergraduate, Junior/Senior and, if applicable, Graduate GPAs.
  4. Submit transcripts and test scores to ASU Graduate Admission Services.
  • Official transcripts: Sealed hardcopy or electronic transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework must be sent directly to ASU Graduate Admission Services. All international transcripts must be submitted in the original language accompanied by an official English translation. Translations must be literal, complete versions of the originals and must be translated by a university, government official or official translation service. You may not complete your own translation. If an email is requested to send your transcripts, please send to gradtranscripts@asu.edu
  • Proof of English Proficiency (non-native English-speaking applicants only). Please review minimum score requirements on the website.

2. Submit the Theatre Application

In addition to the requirements outlined on the Graduate College web site, The MFA in Theatre, Performance requires additional application materials to be submitted in your theatre application:

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. current resume
  4. statement of purpose
  5. academic writing sample
  6. three letters of recommendation from professionals familiar with the student's work
  7. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency.

Applicants need to do an interview, either on campus or at one of the university or resident theatre association sites, and an audition.

This program is not accepting new students at this time. Please check back in September 2021 for fall 2022 admission.

Master of Fine Arts in Theatre, Interdisciplinary Digital Media - Admission Requirements

Master of Fine Arts in Theatre, Interdisciplinary Digital Media - Admission Requirements

Admission requirements

1. Apply to ASU Graduate Admissions

The application deadline is March 15 for fall admission. Applications received after the deadline may not be accommodated. 

Prepare the following for your Graduate Admission Application:

  1. Non-refundable application fee
  2. Institutional History: Attendance dates and degree information for all institutions previously attended.
  3. Grade Point Average (on a 4.0 scale): Undergraduate, Junior/Senior and, if applicable, Graduate GPAs.
  4. Submit transcripts and test scores to ASU Graduate Admission Services.
  • Official transcripts: Sealed hardcopy or electronic transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework must be sent directly to ASU Graduate Admission Services. All international transcripts must be submitted in the original language accompanied by an official English translation. Translations must be literal, complete versions of the originals and must be translated by a university, government official or official translation service. You may not complete your own translation. If an email is requested to send your transcripts, please send to gradtranscripts@asu.edu
  • Proof of English Proficiency (non-native English-speaking applicants only). Please review minimum score requirements on the website.

2. Submit the Theatre Application

The 2022 application will be available September 1, 2021 for fall 2022 admission. The application deadline is March, 15, 2022. 

In addition to the requirements outlined on the Graduate College web site, interdisciplinary digital media requires additional application materials to be submitted in your theatre application:

  • Statement of Purpose: you should describe your background in theatre, your interest in and suitablity for work in the intersection of theatre and digital media.
  • Current Resume: list any relevant experiences.
  • Portfolio: submit materials that support your statement of purpose and be in multiple formats (e.g., photographs, renderings, video, sounds, apps or other media) writing samples, electronic performance materials, etc.)
  • Academic writing sample: the sample can be from your previous degree, from an indepdendent work, or publication. 
  • Three letters of recommendation from professionals familiar with your work. You will submit their contact information in the application system.

3. Decision Letters

Decision letters will be sent to applicants by mid-March to the email address submitted in the ASU Graduate Admissions application. Teaching assistantships and scholarship awards will also be sent with the admission letter.

 

Master of Fine Arts in Theatre, Theatre for Youth and Community - admission requirements

Master of Fine Arts in Theatre, Theatre for Youth and Community - admission requirements

Steps to apply

1. Apply to ASU Graduate Admissions

The application deadline is Jan. 15.

Prepare the following for your application:

  • Online ASU Graduate application form 
  • Application fee
  • Program specific requirements as indicated in Step 2.
  • Official Transcripts from each college or university from which a bachelor’s or higher degree was earned
  • Official Test Scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), if required, to the ASU Graduate College

2. Submit the Theatre Application

The 2022 application will be available September 1, 2021. The application deadline is January, 15 2022 for fall 2022 admission. 

In addition to the requirements outlined on the Graduate College web site, theatre for youth and community requires additional application materials to be submitted in your theatre application:

  • Statement of Purpose: you should clearly explain their aesthetic and educational philosophies and future career goals. After reading these statements the faculty should understand not only your current passions, but also why the Theatre for Youth program at ASU would be an appropriate fit to meet your artistic, educational, practical and scholarly goals. We are looking for thoughtful, well-informed artists/scholars/educators and citizens.
  • Current Curriculum Vitae: Current resumes are also acceptable, although acting resumes are not useful for acceptance purposes.
  • A Work Sample: A web-based electronic portfolio/link is preferred. Your work sample should allow the program to see your aesthetic frame, teaching competency or skills in particular realms. Work samples are not expected to fit a particular format but rather should showcase your unique abilities and aesthetic skills. For example, a collection of PDF documents or other samples of creative writing, lesson plans, reviews, photographs or video of creative practice such as productions, or any other material that demonstrates your core skills and competencies.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation from individuals familiar with your work. You will submit the contact information in your application.

3. Interview

An interview is required for admission into the MFA program. Selected applicants will be invited to interview for the program in February. Applicants will be contacted by the email on their application and notified of the next steps in the process. 

Master of Fine Arts in Theatre, Directing - Admission Requirements

Master of Fine Arts in Theatre, Directing - Admission Requirements

Steps to Apply

1. Apply to ASU Graduate Admissions

Applications for the directing program is currently closed. Admission to the directing program is offered every three years with the next admission cycle set for fall 2024.

Prepare the following for your Graduate Admission Application:

  • Non-refundable application fee
  • Institutional History: Attendance dates and degree information for all institutions previously attended.
  • Grade Point Average (on a 4.0 scale): Undergraduate, Junior/Senior and, if applicable, Graduate GPAs.
  • Submit transcripts and test scores to ASU Graduate Admission Services.
  • Official transcripts: Sealed hardcopy or electronic transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework must be sent directly to ASU Graduate Admission Services. All international transcripts must be submitted in the original language accompanied by an official English translation. Translations must be literal, complete versions of the originals and must be translated by a university, government official or official translation service. You may not complete your own translation. If an email is requested to send your transcripts, please send to gradtranscripts@asu.edu
  • Proof of English Proficiency (non-native English-speaking applicants only). Please review minimum score requirements on the website.

2. Submit the Theatre Application

The 2024 application will be available September 1, 2023 for fall 2024 admission. The following items are to be submitted in the theatre application and can be prepared in advance. 

  • Statement of Purpose: describe why you are interested in pursuing an MFA in Theatre with a concentration in directing. Describe the goals your goals in pursuing the degree, why you are a good fit for the program, what you might contribute to community, and what experiences have prepared you to be successful student in the program. Approximately 300 to 600 words in length.
  • Current resume: list any relevant experiences
  • Three recommendation letters: You will submit the contact information of three professionals familiar with your work in the Graduate University Admissions Application. 
  • A written directorial approach to a play selected by the review committee. Applicants should email Professor William Partlan (William.Partlan@asu.edu).   

 

3. Interview

An interview is required can be completed virtually, on-campus or at one of the locations for URTA National Unified Auditions and Interviews. Interviews completed virtual or through an on-campus visit will be scheduled by appointment. Please contact Professor William Partlan (William.Partlan@asu.edu) to schedule your interview.

 

 

Master of Fine Arts in Theatre, Dramatic Writing - Admission Requirements

Master of Fine Arts in Theatre, Dramatic Writing - Admission Requirements

 

Steps to Apply

1. Apply to ASU Graduate Admissions

The application deadline is Jan.15

Prepare the following for your application:

  • Online ASU Graduate application form 
  • Application fee
  • Program specific requirements as indicated in Step 2.
  • Official Transcripts from each college or university from which a bachelor’s or higher degree was earned
  • Official Test Scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), if required, to the ASU Graduate College

2. Submit the Theatre Application

The 2022 application will be available September 1, 2021. The application deadline is January 15, 2022 for fall 2022 admission.

In addition to the requirements outlined on the Graduate College web site, dramatic writing requires additional application materials to be submitted in your theatre application:

  • Statement of Career Goals: Describe why you are interested in pursue the MFA in Theatre with a concentration in dramatic writing. Describe your goals in pursuing the degree, why you are a good fit for the program, what you might contribute to the community and what experiences have prepared you to be a successful student in the program. Approximately 300-600 words in length. 
  • Current Resume: List any relevant experiences.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation: You will submit the contact information of three professionals familiar with your work in the Graduate University Admission application.
  • Manuscript Sample of either a full-length play (60 pages or more) or a series of one-act plays (30 pages minimum).