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Performance Pedagogy, MFA

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months


The MFA in Performance Pedagogy is a full-time program designed to be completed in two years.  The program includes practical and supervised experience in teaching throughout the period of study, culminating in a thesis class of the candidate’s specialty. MFA candidates are also given the opportunities to be involved in productions as a performer or part of the creative team at UP Stages, for which credit is given. Credit may also be given for work on productions at outside professional theaters in the summer or during the school year (pending academic duties and in consultation with the advisor). It is our expectation that teachers of performance will continue to practice their craft to enhance their own pedagogy as well as to model examples for other students.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Pedagogical Study
  • History/Literature/Criticism
  • Other Electives

Detailed Programme Facts

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

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • University of Pittsburgh’s on-line application (there is a $50.00 application fee)
  • A personal statement indicating your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh and your academic and professional goals.
  • Official or Unofficial College Transcripts are uploaded with application. 
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • One (1) writing sample
  • GRE Scores are not required, but are strongly recommended.  Current, official GRE scores (GRE scores cannot be older than 5 years old). These scores must be sent directly from ETS to the University of Pittsburgh. INSTITUTIONAL CODE: 2927  DEPARTMENT CODE: 2403
  • Headshot and Resume
  • Teaching Resume (optional)
  • Audition

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24666 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24666 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    24666 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24666 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    13198 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13198 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Pittsburgh

  • 1148 - 1950 USD/month
    Living Costs

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