36 months
882 USD/credit 35280 USD/year
882 USD/credit 35280 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Theatre School’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Acting program from DePaul University is highly truthful, expressive, and physical. Informed by our Chicago roots, we prepare actors to work on stage and screen all over the world.


The program

  • Students in the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Acting program from DePaul University learn from a distinguished faculty of working professionals who possess a wide variety of backgrounds and expertise. Our faculty has spent many years developing powerful curricula that mine a diversity of ideas from Stanislavski, Spolin, Grotowski, Shurtleff, Lessac, Linklater, Yoga, Tai Chi, Feldenkrais® Method, Laban, mask work, and more. 
  • Students are inspired through unique points-of-view within a comprehensive progression of acting, movement, and voice and speech curricula.
  • Equally important to the training students receive in the classroom is the opportunity they have to synthesize that learning in the production process, with each student completing seven production assignments during the three year program.
  • The Theatre School admits a diverse acting pool and encourages applicants inclusive of all gender and sexual identities and expressions, including their intersection with racial and ethnic identities, as well as the multiplicity of identities in our ever-evolving society.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Graduate Acting
  • Graduate Voice and Speech
  • Graduate Movement
  • Improvisation
  • Graduate Seminar

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The first step is to complete the online application. As part of this application, you will be asked to upload your photograph and resume. The application fee ($75) is paid by credit or debit card when completing the application.
  • Only those who have submitted an application will be able to register for an audition through our online system. 
  • Have an official copy of your academic transcript from every undergraduate college or university you have attended sent to The Theatre School Admissions Office.
  • Request three letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with your desire to attend The Theatre School.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    35280 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 882 USD per credit during 36 months.
  • National

    35280 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 882 USD per credit during 36 months.

Living costs for Chicago

1297 - 2491 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Our partners

DePaul University


Go to your profile page to get personalised recommendations!