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The School of Theatre & Dance offers a three-year Master of Fine Arts degree in five areas: acting, lighting, costumes, scenery, and technical direction. These 60 credit hour programs can be completed in six semesters (three years). 

Our M.F.A. programs are accredited by the National Association of the Schools of Theatre and are terminal degrees for these fields.

With an emphasis in hands-on learning in a rigorous production environment, our MFA program provides students with significant experience to develop and hone their craft and to graduate with a significant portfolio of realized work. Furthermore, all of our M.F.A. students get real-world teaching experience at the university level under the guidance of our faculty. 

Graduate assistantships are available.

Master of Fine Arts Application Process

Application deadline for the most advantageous consideration is March 1. To begin the admission process to our MFA Programs complete the appropriate online application (linked below). Upon receipt of your application we will contact you to schedule an interview and portfolio review.

The MFA Acting program is currently accepting applications for the Fall of 2021. 

Apply now for the MFA Acting program 

MFA Design & Technology programs accept applications every year and admit students on a rolling basis. We are actively seeking Costume Designer, Lighting Designer and Scenic Designer though all Design & Technology areas are welcome to apply. Acceptance is determined after an interview and portfolio review.

Apply Now for MFA Design & Technology programs