36 months
882 USD/credit 8820 USD/year
882 USD/credit 8820 USD/year
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The Theatre School’s Master of Fine Art (MFA) degree in Directing at DePaul University is a three-year program that allows directors to develop and explore their artistic vision and apply their ideas through constant collaboration with other artists.


The Program

  • Coursework in the Directing program at DePaul University is focused on preparation – research, theory and analysis – as well as practical application through scene study, workshops, and quarterly full-length directing assignments. Directing students complete one directing assistantship and direct a short play production in their first year, then direct up to five full-length productions over the second and third years of the program. In the final year, directors complete a thesis production in the Watts Theatre and a professional internship, chosen in collaboration with the directing faculty.
  • Students learn from a distinguished faculty of working professionals who possess a wide variety of backgrounds and expertise and who work with some of the most prolific and exciting theatre companies in Chicago. Two students are selected to enter the program each year.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Directing
  • Dramaturgy
  • Directing Theories
  • Theatrical Collaboration
  • Rehearsal & Performance

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 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, as well as complete several writing prompts (see below). 
  • The application fee ($75) is paid by credit/debit card when submitting the online application.
  • Official transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    8820 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 882 USD per credit during 36 months.
  • National

    8820 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.

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