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Theater, M.F.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months


The Department of Theater offers a master of fine arts degree in theater with a concentration in one of the following areas: performing arts management, acting, directing, dramaturgy, or design. The two-year, 60-credit program prepares students for leadership and professional careers in each area of concentration through a combination of practical and theoretical courses as well as through internships with major institutions in the New York metropolitan area.

You will receive rigorous training in acting, design and directing, with many performance opportunities to sharpen your expertise. Our performing arts management program is considered one of the strongest in the country, and our program in theater history and criticism will give you a thorough grounding in scholarship, dramaturgy and theatrical criticism. Our faculty — active members of the theater community across the country — will mentor you and guide you to important internship and networking opportunities, including at Soho Rep, Playwrights Horizon, Ford's Theater, HBO and more. You will graduate with the training, contacts and confidence you’ll need to flourish in the theater world.

Programme Structure

  • Acting I: Acting with Imagination
  • Acting II: The Actor and the Contemporary Play
  • Acting III: The Actor and the Classic Play I
  • Acting IV: The Actor and the Play
  • Movement for the Actor I
  • Movement for the Actor II
  • Movement for the Actor III
  • Movement for the Actor IV
  • Voice Production for the Actor I
  • Voice Production for the Actor II: Sound and Sense
  • Acting for the Camera

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

Submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions: 

  • official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended and three letters of recommendation.
  • a 2-4 page written statement of purpose, 
  • a 1-2 page essay describing your acting process,
  •  head shot or photograph, 
  • resume. 

Audition required. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19920 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9960 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    19920 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9960 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    10770 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5385 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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