2024-2025 Admission Requirements for the Graduate Major in Theater and Performance Studies

Admissions Requirements for the Graduate Major in Theater and Performance Studies


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

Deadlines to apply

December 9, 2023

Admission Limited to


Exams & GRE Types

GRE: Not required

Letters of Recommendation

Two Letters of Recommendation Required; Third Letter Optional

UCLA-Wide Graduate Admissions Requirements

Degree-Specific Admissions Requirements

Ph.D.: Departmental application; statement of purpose indicating areas of interest appropriate to the doctoral degree; a thesis or other writing samples; evidence of potential as a practicing scholar as indicated by breadth and depth of advanced coursework in history, theory, criticism; as well as the imagination and quality of scholarly writing and academic achievements; and awards, scholarships, and fellowships. In addition, candidates should demonstrate awareness and experience in one of the major fields of theater. Applicants may be admitted with a bachelor's or master's degree.

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.

Program Name

Theater and Performance Studies

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