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Playwriting, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #98 (QS) , MA,
The MFA in Playwriting is offered by the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GRS) in close collaboration with the College of Fine Arts (CFA) School of Theatre.


As partners in the MFA in Playwriting, the Playwriting Program and the School of Theatre (SOT) want to ensure that our playwriting graduates are equipped for both the academic and professional worlds of the theatre. To that end, the MFA in Playwriting combines a strong commitment to literary scholarship with invaluable, hands-on collaborations with other theatre artists.

Our shared goal, while building on the strong foundation of our award-winning successes, integrates faculty expertise in our renowned Department of English (in GRS) with complementary SOT strengths (in CFA) in acting, directing, design, production, and theatre management. Intensive writing workshops incorporating professional actors and directors are coupled with classes immersing each student in dramatic literature, theatre history, and practice. During our professional season of new works, each student’s personal involvement in the theatrical productions is required. Teaching fellowships in the English department are offered along with competitive financial aid and potential teaching assistantships in the SOT.

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Drama in Theory and Practice: Social and Political Theatre 
  • Drama in Theory and Practice: Structure and Script 
  • Drama in Theory and Practice: Solo Performance 
  • Playwriting 2: Writing of Short Plays 
  • Playwriting 1: Analysis to Inspiration 
  • Seminar: Writing of Plays 
  • Design Master Class for Graduate Students
  • Directed Study (Introduction to Directing)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

  • Completed application for graduate admission to the College of Fine Arts.
  • Non-refundable application fee of $95.
  • Upload transcripts from all colleges and universities attended to your application. Please do not send transcripts to us.
  • CV/Résumé. A curriculum vitae (cv) or resume containing your theatrical experience.
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation from theatre professionals. These may be submitted online using the supplied Letter of Recommendation Form.
  • Personal Statement: the applicant should provide a detailed outline of their experience, what they wish to accomplish at Boston University, and their career ambitions.
  • All international students must submit an application and required accompanying documents

Tuition Fee

  • International

    26434 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 26434 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    26434 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 26434 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Boston

  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
    Living Costs

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