Frequently Asked Questions
- What undergraduate degree is required?
An undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year institution or international university is required.
- My undergraduate degree is not in theatre, can I still apply?
Yes, we will consider applicants with degrees from other fields. In these cases, relevant theatre experience, resume, work-history, and the applicant’s creative or technical potential will be will be used as evidence for admittance.
- What undergraduate GPA is required?
At least a 3.0 GPA is needed to be admitted.
- How long does an M.F.A. take to complete?
All M.F.A. programs are 60 credit hours in residence which is traditionally 3 years/6 semesters.
- What are the residency requirements?
The M.F.A. course of study is a 60 credit program and students must plan to remain in residence for 60 credits (traditionally three years) of uninterrupted study.
- Can I do this online or as a low-residency option?
No, all programs require residency in Bloomington, Indiana for the duration.
- Is the GRE required?
No, the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is not required for the M.F.A. program.
- Is an interview or audition required?
Yes. The interview or audition may take place at the U/RTA National Unified Audition and Interviews (Chicago only for Design and Technology programs), the USITT/SETC LiNK Interviews (Atlanta), an on-campus interview in Bloomington, or a Skype video interview.
- May I apply directly without going to U/RTA or LiNK auditions/interviews?
Yes, you may apply directly to your program of choice. Depending on your chosen program, an on-campus audition or interview may be required.
- How much does it cost?
All M.F.A. graduates receive full fee remission as part of their graduate assistantships. The fee remission will cover 100% of graduate tuition fees, but it does not cover mandatory, course-related, or miscellaneous fees. See the Financial Support webpage for more information.
- Is there a stipend?
Yes, all graduates receive a competitive stipend as part of the graduate assistantship. See the Financial Support webpage for more information.
- Is there health insurance?
Yes, medical, optical and dental is included in the graduate assistantship. See the Financial Support webpage for more information.
- What does Graduate Assistantship, Associate Instructorship, or Teaching Assistantship mean?
These are academic appointments to the university where in return for the tuition and fee waiver, graduates are required to teach courses, be a teaching assistant (acting, directing, playwriting, and dramaturgy programs) or work in the production studios 20-hours per week (Design and Technology programs). See the Financial Support webpage for more information.
- Are there teaching opportunities?
Depending on the program area of concentration there may be teaching opportunities.
- Can I transfer graduate credits from another University?
You may have credits from another institution that meet the requirements of a particular M.F.A. program. Our department will review your proposed transfer credits and, if accepted, will recommend that the Graduate School also accept them toward the M.F.A. degree. A candidate may transfer up to twenty hours of appropriate graduate credit from other institutions.