Master On Campus

Theatre Arts

The University of Iowa

24 months
29739 USD/year
31012 USD/year
12065 USD/year
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The Master of Fine Arts program in Theatre Arts, offered by The University of Iowa, requires a minimum of 61 s.h. of graduate credit, plus additional courses and production requirements depending on the student's specialty area of concentration. Students normally must complete six semesters in residence (internships may be substituted).


About Theatre Arts at The University of Iowa

The graduate program in Theatre Arts, offered by The University of Iowa, is dedicated to creative development of theatre artists. Graduates have a solid background in major performance theories, dramatic literature, and practices of the past and present as well as in the craft of their chosen specialties.

Special attention is given to understanding the role and importance of live theatre in society. Interactions among the various theatre disciplines are emphasized, both in classes and through the department's extensive production program. Particular emphasis is placed on the development of new works for the theatre.


  • The graduate program in theatre develops not only talent but discipline, self-confidence, and personal vision. 
  • Through their work in courses and productions, through teaching and production assistantships, and through the intensive, individual mentoring they receive from faculty, graduate students prepare themselves to contribute to the nation’s culture. 
  • They can then enter the profession, joining hundreds of other University of Iowa graduates who have made their mark in theatre, film, television, and the entertainment industry.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Producing and Directing Digital Video
  • Orientation to Graduate Studies
  • Advanced Acting
  • Vocal Technique
  • Movement Technique
  • Graphic Design for the Entertainment Industry

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


61 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A U.S. bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Admissions.
  • A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00, or the foreign equivalent as determined by the Office of Admissions.
  • English Proficiency Requirements
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Two scripts: scripts should be full-length. One of the scripts may be either a long one-act or a screenplay, as long as the other script is a full-length play.
  • A résumé of relevant academic, theatrical, and work experience
  • A short personal statement detailing your personal, academic, and theatrical background, including your reasons for pursuing graduate study in playwriting and your professional goals.
  • Once recommended for admission, international students must send a Financial Statement.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    29739 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 29739 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    31012 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 31012 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    12065 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12065 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Iowa City

1187 - 1841 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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