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Theater - Playwriting, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #301 (WUR) Philadelphia, PA, United States
Develop and refine your voice as a writer—and gain the skills you need to sustain a life in the arts—with the Master of Fine Arts in Theater - Playwriting at Temple University's School of Theater, Film and Media Arts.


Program Overview

With the vibrant Philadelphia theater community as a backdrop, students in the Theater - Playwriting MFA program at Temple University undergo rigorous training in the craft of storytelling for the stage. Graduates of this immersive program primarily go on to careers in theater. The MFA in Playwriting is a 60-credit program that can be completed over the course of three years.

With small class sizes and individualized instruction, candidates for the MFA in Playwriting are trained to deepen both the quality of their self-expression and the social purpose of their work. To that end, students are encouraged to engage with outside research areas, such as African American Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Film, Music and Women's Studies. In addition, the program emphasizes collaboration with other theater professionals across different disciplines.

The final product of the program is the thesis—a completed full-length play. The curriculum emphasizes the diversity of playwriting forms, with course selections that allow Playwriting MFA students to explore creating work in genres like:

  • adaptation,
  • docudrama and
  • solo performance.

Students in the program are mentored by full-time faculty, many of whom have led some of the most successful productions in American theater. Students can also take advantage of Temple's affiliations with the numerous professional theaters in the region, particularly those with new play programs.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Playwriting I
  • Playwriting II
  • Adaptation
  • Docudrama
  • Seminar in Dramatic Literature
  • Playwriting III
  • Playwriting IV
  • Teaching Playwriting
  • Projects in Playwriting
  • Research
  • Thesis

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
    • Duration description

      Students are required to complete the degree program through classes offered before and after 4:30 p.m.

  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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 60 months.
  • National

    1406 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1406 USD per credit and a duration of 60 months.
  • In-State

    1051 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1051 USD per credit and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for Philadelphia

  • 1313 - 2290 USD/month
    Living Costs

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