36 months
29739 USD/year
31012 USD/year
12065 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Fine Arts in Directing program at the The University of Iowa combines rigorous professional training with a highly innovative curriculum.


About Directing at The University of Iowa

As a department committed to the development of new work, we believe that Directing is both a generative and collaborative art form. Students work closely with the MFA Playwriting program candidates at the The University of Iowa, developing and directing diverse new plays in classroom, workshop, and full-production settings. 

Our focus is to train the theatrical leaders of the future: dynamic artists who understand and promote the development of new work, visionaries who believe in the transformative power of this art form. Toward this aim, we admit students with demonstrated expertise from a variety of theatrical and artistic backgrounds, who possess these vital attributes: They are socially conscious, personally disciplined and hungry for knowledge. They are willing to challenge assumptions, and break through boundaries. They are storytellers, open to taking creative risks that deepen the sociological, political, and aesthetic impact of their work. Most importantly, they have lively imaginations, and a passion for exploring the human condition.  Through our course work and productions, we train directors to engage their own unique visions, while learning to make theatre that opens audiences to new ways of seeing and being in the world.  

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Basic Acting for Language Learners
  • Basic Acting
  • Theatre and Society: Ancients and Moderns
  • Musical Theatre History
  • Comedy and Society

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


62 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
  • A résumé
  • A written statement explaining why you are seeking an MFA in directing at Iowa
  • Official or unofficial copies of all undergraduate (and any graduate) transcripts
  • Finalists will be interviewed
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A set of your unofficial academic records/transcripts uploaded on your Admissions Profile.
  • 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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  • National

    31012 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 31012 USD per year during 36 months.
  • In-State

    12065 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12065 USD per year during 36 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.


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