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Theatre, M.F.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #801 (QS) , CA,
A joint venture of The Old Globe and the University of San Diego, the Master of Fine Arts in Theatre program nationally recruits seven students each year to participate in an intensive two-year, year-round course of graduate study in classical theatre.


The professional actor training program is designed to take advantage of training and performance opportunities made available by The Old Globe. Students' performance work in the Globe's professional productions is much more than an added attraction, it is the centerpiece of the training.

The program is unique in its ability to provide students with an exceptional number of professional performance opportunities. Partnership with the Globe demands that students achieve its formidable standard of artistic excellence and professionalism.

Because the Globe is the program's primary source for the performance faculty, directors, designers, guest artists, and master teachers, this demanding ethic inspires studio work as well.

Programme Structure

  • Text and Context: Modern Drama
  • Movement I
  • Acting I
  • Voice and Speech I
  • Text and Context: Renaissance Drama
  • Movement II
  • Acting II
  • Voice and Speech II
  • Graduate Colloquium
  • Globe Production I

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: 2019 Audition dates (SUBJECT TO CHANGE?)
    • NYC:  January 17-23
    • SAN DIEGO: February 3 and 4
    • CHICAGO:  February 6 and 7
    • ​SAN FRANCISCO:  February 9 and 10
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 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
  • Application Fee
  • Official Transcripts
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Current Resume
  • Personal Statement and/or Application Questions
  • Standardized Test Scores

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1495 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1495 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    1495 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1495 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    1495 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1495 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for San Diego

  • 1400 - 2460 USD/month
    Living Costs

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