2023-2024 Admission Requirements for the Graduate Major in Theater

Admissions Requirements for the Graduate Major in Theater


After exploring options and choosing a specific program, follow the steps on our University’s graduate application process:

Deadlines to apply

M.F.A.: Design, Directing and Playwriting specializations: December 1, 2022 M.F.A.: Acting specialization is not accepting applications for 2023-2024
Late applications may be considered for the M.F.A. Note however that interviews are conducted in January and February. Consult the Theater website for schedule and location.

Admission Limited to


Exams & GRE Types

GRE: Optional

Letters of Recommendation

Two Letters of Recommendation Required; Third Letter Optional

Consult department for additional information.

UCLA-Wide Graduate Admissions Requirements

Degree-Specific Admissions Requirements

In addition to the University's minimum requirements and those listed above, all applicants are expected to submit a statement of purpose, departmental application, and materials as indicated below:


Interviews and auditions for the M.F.A. program are conducted at various locations around the country in January and February. Details are available on the departmental website.

Design for Theater and Entertainment (scenic and production design, costume design, and lighting design). Resume and evidence of ability appropriate to the area of emphasis as demonstrated by sketches, renderings, photographs, production books, plots, technical papers, reviews, or other exhibits appropriate to the field of study. An interview and presentation of the portfolio may be required.

Directing. Resume and evidence of directed work, which may include video documentation, photographs, reviews and critical commentaries. An interview and presentation of portfolio may be required.

Playwriting. Resume, one full length play, and a second example of creative writing which may include plays of any length, screenwriting, fiction, poetry, video, audio, or other digital creative work. A personal interview may be required by the department.

Applicants are advised that all records submitted in support of an application, including creative work (original or otherwise), are not returnable nor is the department responsible for such material.

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Applicants whose objective is the Ph.D. should see Theater and Performance Studies

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