Theater - Directing

Temple University

M.A. On Campus
36 months
1406 USD/credit
1406 USD/credit
1051 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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Develop skills as an artistic leader and creative communicator with the Master of Fine Arts in Theater - Directing in Temple University’s School of Theater, Film and Media Arts.


Program Overview

The goal of the Theater - Directing three-year, 60-credit theater program at Temple University is to train students to become master storytellers. Collaborate with actors, production teams and writers to deliver a unified, compelling theatrical event. The program is primarily designed to prepare graduates for careers in theater.

Culminating in the Thesis Production, the student's fully supported mainstage event, the Theater-Directing MFA curriculum includes:

  • acting and movement,
  • dramaturgy and
  • visual history.

Full-time Theater Department faculty—award-winning professionals who have led some of the most successful productions in American theater—are available to mentor students individually. Students can also take advantage of Temple's affiliations with numerous professional theaters, and explore internships with:

  • Arden Theatre Company,
  • The Lantern Theater Company,
  • Philadelphia Film Center,
  • Philadelphia Theatre Company,
  • Wilma Theater and others.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Scene Analysis for Writers and Directors
  • Acting I (graduate level)
  • Vocal Production for the Actor II
  • Directing Practicum II (six terms)
  • Dramaturgy
  • Seminar in Dramatic Literature
  • Visual History I
  • Visual History II
  • Costume Design II
  • Hist Mod Scenic Design
  • Dance for the Actor VI (LeCoq Technique)
  • Project in Acting
  • Projects in Directing II (six terms)
  • Seminar in Lighting I
  • Projects in Playwriting
  • Thesis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines




60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Research your graduate degree program
  • Complete online application
  • Submit your supporting credentials (Statement of Goals, Transcripts, Standardized Test Scores, Letters of Recommendation, Résumé, Portfolio, Audition or Interview)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A baccalaureate degree is required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1406 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1406 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    1406 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1406 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
  • In-State

    1051 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1051 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.


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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Theater - Directing
Temple University