Master On Campus


The University of Iowa

36 months
29739 USD/year
31012 USD/year
12065 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Iowa Playwrights Workshop—The University of Iowa's MFA Program in Playwriting—is an intensive three-year program at the The University of Iowa dedicated to educating playwrights for the professional theatre. We train talented playwrights and collaborative theatre artists who will lead the American theatre in the creation of new works and the training of future generations of playwrights.


About Playwriting at The University of Iowa

The Department of Theatre Arts offers academic programs for undergraduate and graduate students. It also stages live performances throughout the academic year and during the summer. The department also administers the Certificate in Public Digital Arts and the Certificate in Social Justice and the Performing Arts.

The department is one of the academic units in the Division of Performing Arts. Students have the opportunity to earn a major in theatre arts and a second major in one of the other units within the division—dance or music.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Playwrights Workshop
  • Special Topics in Playwriting: Fundamentals for Experts
  • Special Topics in Playwriting: Structural
  • Writing for Film
  • Orientation to Graduate Studies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


64 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
  • You must first submit the online application to the Graduate College and pay the $60 application fee by credit card ($100 for international applicants).
  • 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.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    29739 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 29739 USD per year during 36 months.
  • 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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