36 months
1441 USD/credit 28820 USD/year
1441 USD/credit 28820 USD/year
1078 USD/credit 21560 USD/year
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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.


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.

  • adaptation,
  • docudrama and
  • solo performance.

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:

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.

Future Career

Graduates of the Theater-Playwriting MFA program are prepared to carry on toward a doctoral degree, or for future careers as playwrights.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Playwriting 
  • Adaptation
  • Docudrama
  • Seminar in Dramatic Literature
  • Playwriting 
  • Teaching Playwriting
  • Projects in Playwriting
  • Research
  • Thesis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Research your graduate degree program
  • Complete online application
  • Official Transcripts
  • Goals Statement
  • Recommendations
  • Résumé
  • Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A baccalaureate degree is required.
  • $60 fee

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    28820 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1441 USD per credit during 36 months.
  • National

    28820 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1441 USD per credit during 36 months.
  • In-State

    21560 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1078 USD per credit during 36 months.

Living costs for Philadelphia

1313 - 2284 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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