Graduate Admission Information

This page contains general information applicable to all Graduate Level applicants. For specific information about a program area, please visit the appropriate page.

For general university-wide graduate application information visit:   http://www.grad.illinois.edu/admissions/apply

Graduate Admission Process

Applicants must first make online application through the university’s graduate application web site:   http://www.grad.illinois.edu/admissions/apply

Applicants must indicate the specific degree and, in the case of the MFA, the particular area of specialization they plan to study (costume design, costume technology and management, lighting design, scenic design, sound design, stage management, or theatre technology).

In addition, all applicants must pay a processing fee and supply the following materials:

  1. on Thursday, March 17, 2016.Official transcripts of all previous college work.
  2. Three letters of recommendation, preferably from instructors of the applicant’s theatre and drama classes (sent separately by the letter writers).
  3. A statement of professional intentions.
  4. A resume of activities in theatrical production.
  5. Foreign students must also submit recent official scores of the TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT). Information on this test is at www.ets.org/toefl. Applicants should also submit financial certification statements.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Additional requirements may apply depending on which program you are applying for. Please consult the appropriate page for additional requirements and information.

For further information on graduate admissions, contact:

Department of Theatre
4-122 Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
500 S. Goodwin Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801

Phone: (217) 244-6189
Fax: (217) 244-1861
E-mail: theatre@illinois.edu
Web site: theatre.illinois.edu

Additional Graduate Application Information

MFA Acting

The MFA Acting Program accepts students only every three years. The department will recruit its next class for the Fall 2018.

Please visit the MFA Acting Program page for more information.

MFA Design, Technology, Managment

We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2018. Priority consideration is given to those who apply prior to December 1, 2017.

Applicants for Level 21 should schedule a portfolio review at Krannert Center, located on campus. Your interview must be held by February 25, 2018. The deadline for receipt of all application materials is March 31, 2018. Application materials include your application, application fee, transcripts, reference letters, statement of intent, and resume, as described above.

If you are interested in Level 21 graduate training beginning in August 2018, please contact Robert Perry at robperry@illinois.edu.

For more information about Level 21 please go to the MFA Design, Technology, Management page.

MA Theatre Studies

A student who wishes to be considered for admission to the graduate programs in Theatre Studies should present the equivalent of at least nine hours of undergraduate college work in theatre. An undergraduate degree in theatre is not required. The committee on admissions tends to select those applicants showing interest in studying theatre as a cultural expression in a broad intellectual context.

For more information on the program please go to the MA Theatre Studies page.

Additional Admission Requirements:

  • One original scholarly or critical essay on theatre history or drama
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores in the verbal section. (Exceptions are given only to applicants with extensive professional experience.)
  • Foreign students must also submit official TOEFL scores. In addition, the Test of Written English (TWE) is strongly encouraged for non-native speakers.

Application Deadline: Applications submitted by March 15 will receive full consideration for funding.

Contact Valleri Robinson (valleri2@illinois.edu) if you have any questions.

PhD Theatre Studies

Admission to the Ph.D. Program in Theatre Studies normally requires the presentation of a master’s degree in theatre or in a closely related field. A student finishing an M.A. degree in theatre at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign must apply formally and will be considered in competition with applicants who have taken master’s degrees elsewhere. Because applications for admission usually far exceed capacity, the selection process is highly competitive.

The committee on admissions tends to select those applicants who present a solid array of theatre and dramatic literature courses, knowledge of a foreign language, and real promise of earning degrees within a reasonable time. Preference is given to applicants who will be full-time students and active degree candidates.

While interviews are not required, we strongly recommend prospective students visit the Illinois campus to meet with faculty and students. To arrange an interview, contact the Chair of the Theatre Studies Program, Valleri Robinson, valleri2@illinois.edu.

For more information on the program, please visit the PhD Theatre Studies page.

Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores in the verbal section.
  • Three letters of recommendation, preferably from instructors of the applicant’s theatre and drama classes or from experienced theatre professionals (to be sent separately by the letter writers).
  • Two writing samples consisting of original scholarly or critical essays. These may be papers written for earlier courses or newly written papers for the application. They should demonstrate the applicant’s competence in writing and in dealing with a significant topic in theatre or drama.
  • International students must submit recent TOEFL scores. In addition, the Test of Written English (TWE) is strongly encouraged for non-native speakers.

Application deadline: January 15 (decisions are ordinarily announced by March 1 in the spring preceding enrollment).

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