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Admission Requirements, Procedures, and Deadlines

MFA Generative Dramaturgy is now accepting applications to join the current cohort in Fall 2017.  This is a three-year program. Incoming students in Fall 2017 could expect completion by Spring 2020.

Apply for acceptance to the Graduate College of The University of Arizona.

There are no University graduate deadlines for application; however they suggest that international students apply by December 1 to start school the following Fall, to make sure that there is enough time to obtain a visa if the student is admitted.

Submit the following materials online through the Graduate College Application Portal:

  • Official transcripts from ALL previous colleges and universities attended
  • Statement of Intent
  • Three recommendations
  • Résumé

Graduate College Application Fee: $85.00 for domestic applications, $95 for international applications

Additional Requirements

In order to be admitted as a potential MFA candidate, you must have completed the following classes, or you may otherwise be required to take additional course units during the first year in order to address content deficiencies:

  • Two semesters of Theatre History
  • One semester of Play Analysis, Dramaturgy, or Playwriting.  Documented equivalent practical experience may satisfy this requirement

The GRE is not required for application to this program, but scores will be considered if applicants choose to make them available.

Applicants for this degree are required to conduct an interview/portfolio review with the Generative Dramaturgy faculty.

In order to accomplish this:

  • Submit your portfolio to the School of Theatre, Film, and Television. You may submit a portfolio through the online graduate application portal, or you can mail your materials in hard copy (carefully packed and insured) or digital format.
  • Schedule an interview via Skype or in person at the University of Arizona in Tucson (call 520-621-7007 to set up an appointment).

Your portfolio should demonstrate your ability to work in at least two of the following three modes:

  • Scholarly and non-fiction writing. Examples may include research papers, dramaturgical protocols, reviews, relevant blog posts, etc.
  • Fiction writing. Examples may include plays, one-acts, short stories, etc.
  • Visual/non-written creative work. Examples may include documentation of previous production work, devised work, photography, artwork, etc.

Students usually will be notified of the status of their application within two weeks of the application deadline.

Graduate Assistantships & Fellowships

A variety of financial aid, including nonresident tuition and registration fee waivers, is available for graduate students. Several scholarships and fellowships are awarded on the basis of talent and merit. Theatre Arts also awards graduate teaching assistantships, which provide students with on-the-job training in the areas of teaching, technical production, scene design, costume design, lighting design and theatre history. Students may be eligible for aid offered through the UA Office of Financial Aid. Such students should submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).